A content analysis of defense budget rhetoric
Barksdale, Corey D.
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In accordance with federal law, the President is required to present to Congress a budget of the United States government by February of each year. This action marks the beginning of the legislative phase of the federal budget process. This thesis provides a systematic analysis of communication between the executive branch and Congress regarding the defense budget. A quantitative content analysis of the President's budget press releases and published transcripts from the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) authorization for appropriations hearings on military posture from fiscal years 2001 to 2010, will demonstrate that the framework of the President's budget press releases can guide issue attention in Congressional hearings, and that Congress uses congressional hearings to frame their own issues. The SASC hearings provide the first opportunity for Congress to collectively engage in constructive dialogue with the SECDEF and the CJCS following the release of the President's budget.
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