Tod Preston

Tod Preston

Posts by Tod Preston

  • January 30, 2015

    It’s Budget Time: What Should We Expect?

    Tod Preston | January 30, 2015

    The first Monday in February approaches. Must be budget time.

  • January 17, 2014

    A Reboot for Congress?

    Tod Preston | January 17, 2014

    For International affairs programs — that small but mighty 1% of federal spending – the omnibus updates and prioritizes (for the first time in two years) where and how our nation deploys our assets overseas.

  • January 22, 2013

    Budget Watch: January 22, 2013

    Tod Preston | January 22, 2013

    Developments on the budget front continue to evolve rapidly, so we are pleased to provide this latest installment of our “Budget Watch” that summarizes the status of the current budget negotiations and the impact on the International Affairs Budget.

  • November 1, 2012

    Budget Watch: November 1, 2012

    Tod Preston | November 1, 2012

    The 112th Congress will return to Capitol Hill on November 13th for organizational meetings, leadership elections, and to deal with the looming “fiscal cliff” at the end of the year created by (among other items) the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts, the onset of sequestration budget cuts, and another breach of the federal debt ceiling.

  • July 30, 2012

    Budget Watch: July 30, 2012

    Tod Preston | July 30, 2012

    The first issue to be resolved is getting both chambers and the Administration to agree on the CR’s top-line discretionary spending level.  A short-term CR often continues programs at current year spending levels and contains few, if any...

  • February 14, 2011

    President’s FY 2012 Request Funds International Affairs Budget as Critical Part of National Security

    Tod Preston | February 14, 2011

    The President’s FY12 request comes amidst great uncertainty regarding FY11 spending levels, with votes expected this week in the House of Representatives to cut $100 billion from discretionary programs, including 19 percent from the International...

  • February 1, 2010

    Budget Time

    Tod Preston | February 1, 2010

    At 10:00 am today, President Obama released to Congress his FY 2011 Budget request, which totals $3.8 trillion.  At 1:00 PM, Dep. Secretary of State Jack Lew will unveil the details of the International Affairs portion of the budget request in...

  • October 14, 2009

    Smart Power Momentum Continues to Grow

    Tod Preston | October 14, 2009

    This morning’s forum highlighted the growing consensus across the political and civilian-military spectrums about the need to bolster the smart power tools of development and diplomacy, including strengthening the U.S. Agency for International...