Use these timelines to explore the larger political context and key events surrounding the battle over the Reagan budget. They cover the period of time from Reagan's inauguration to the passage of the Economic Recovery Act.
President Reagan and the Federal Budget in 1981
This timeline covers the major events that defined President Reagan's first year in office and his efforts to reshape the federal budget.
This is a summary of budget and tax related meetings reported in Congressman Jim Jones’s appointment books for 1981. Source: James R. Jones Collection, Office, Box 1, Folders 6 and 7, Carl Albert Congressional Archives, University of Oklahoma.
This is a summary of key events constructed from David Stockman's memories as related in his work The Triumph of Politics.
Source: David A. Stockman, The Triumph of Politics (New York: Public Affairs, 1986)