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Expertise: Federal budget policy, discretionary spending, economics

Scott Lilly is a Senior Fellow at American Progress who writes and researches in a wide range of areas including governance, federal budgeting, national security, and the economy. He joined the Center in March of 2004 after 31 years of service with the United States Congress. He served as clerk and staff director of the House Appropriations Committee, minority staff director of that Committee, executive director of the House Democratic Study Group, executive director of the Joint Economic Committee, and chief of staff in the Office of Congressman David Obey (D-WI).

Prior to his service with the Congress, Lilly served as director of campaign services for the Democratic National Committee, central states coordinator in the McGovern Presidential Campaign, and as a bill drafter for the Missouri legislature.

He served two years in the U.S. Army and is a graduate of Westminster College in Fulton, MO. He is also an adjunct professor in the Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University.

During his career, he has been engaged in a wide array of policy matters ranging across the entire spectrum of government activities. These have included counterterrorism, homeland security, efforts to reform American schools, and the financing of federal scientific activities. He has worked on various efforts to reform the legislative process in Congress and served as a political and legislative strategist to the Democratic members of the Appropriations Committee and the House Democratic Leadership.

By Scott Lilly
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Which Republican Party Are We Dealing With?Center for American Progress ActionFebruary 13, 2013
Another Explanation for Powell’s Endorsement of President ObamaCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 1, 2012
Would Romney Really Kill Big Bird?Center for American Progress ActionOctober 16, 2012
Romney Needs the 47 PercentCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 20, 2012
Doesn’t Gov. Romney Know Where Sequestration Came From?Center for American Progress ActionSeptember 11, 2012
Why Do Republicans Have So Much Trouble with Hurricanes?Center for American Progress ActionAugust 29, 2012
Romney-Ryan Plan Would Repeal Reagan’s Spousal Safety NetCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 13, 2012
The Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act of 2011Center for American Progress ActionJanuary 24, 2012
Improving Oversight and Review of Federal AgenciesCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 5, 2011
A Poor Excuse for Public DiscourseCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 8, 2011
Time for a Fight on TaxesCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 14, 2010
Republican Earmarks: Fool Me Twice?Center for American Progress ActionMarch 11, 2010
Boehner’s Unfortunate ChoiceCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 16, 2009
Taking ResponsibilityCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 23, 2009
Second Roll of the DiceCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 30, 2008
Sarah Palin, John McCain, and EarmarksCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 4, 2008
Earmark Reform Doesn’t Equal Economic PolicyCenter for American Progress ActionApril 28, 2008
It’s Not About IsraelCenter for American Progress ActionApril 17, 2008
McCain Pulls Rug Out From Under IsraelCenter for American Progress ActionApril 16, 2008
What Monetary Policy? Conservatives’ Blind Eye to Fed BailoutsCenter for American Progress ActionApril 14, 2008
When Congress Acts In the Dark of Night, Everyone LosesCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 7, 2004
The 49 Percent Solution?Center for American Progress ActionOctober 19, 2004