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Facts Don’t Justify Expected GOP Assault on Domestic Programs

February 21, 2017

The upcoming budgets from the Trump Administration and congressional Republicans are expected to contain deep cuts in domestic programs. A pair of CBPP reports show why two of the principal arguments that proponents will likely use to justify such cuts — that widespread growth in federal programs throughout the budget is the source of the nation’s fiscal problems, and that programs assisting...

Non-Interest Spending Outside Medicare and Social Security Set to Fall in Coming Decade

Don’t Legislate in the Dark; Do a Real Budget

January 10, 2017

Congressional Republicans’ expected vote this week to approve a budget resolution — the first step in their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — fails the test of sensible policymaking: having the key information available before voting. With this budget resolution, Republicans haven’t provided any details on the ACA replacement that they promise to enact, nor have they begun to show...


Budget Deal Already Paid for the 2017 Sequestration Relief

February 25, 2016

House conservatives are demanding that lawmakers pay for the $30 billion in sequestration relief for discretionary programs in 2017 that the President and Congress provided last year.  Policymakers, however, already paid for the funding increase when they provided it, so House conservatives are effectively demanding that they pay for it twice (and, in fact, even more in later years...

Dollar and Columns

CBO: House Reconciliation Bill Raises Long-Term Deficits

October 21, 2015

The reconciliation bill repealing key parts of health reform, which the House is scheduled to consider this week, isn’t only ill-advised on policy grounds, as we’ve explained, but would raise long-term deficits, according to the Congressional Budget...

The Capitol

Congress Shouldn’t Play Politics With the Debt Ceiling

October 20, 2015

The House will vote soon on a Republican proposal allowing the Treasury to borrow funds to pay bondholders and Social Security recipients if there's a prolonged standoff over raising the debt ceiling. This approach is extremely dangerous. 

Dollar Bill

Drop the Pentagon Funding Gimmick and Move to Sequester Negotiations

June 9, 2015

Congressional Republicans are proceeding to implement a gimmick in their 2016 budget resolution that allows defense programs to evade the 2011 Budget Control Act’s (BCA) tight limits on appropriations, as lowered by sequestration. 

The Senate is considering this week its version of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which embraces the gimmick,...

Charts and Graphs With Pen

Obama, Ryan Miles Apart on Non-Defense Discretionary Funding

April 8, 2014

One especially stark difference between the recent budgets from President Obama and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is in non-defense discretionary (NDD) funding, the budget category that includes key investments in the economy, such as education and basic research; support for low-income families, such as Head Start and housing assistance; and essential services that Americans...

President’s Budget to Propose Building on Murray-Ryan Agreement

February 20, 2014

The White House announced today that it will recommend $56 billion in additional discretionary funding for 2015 above the level contained in the budget deal that Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray and House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan negotiated in December.  The additional funding, which would be evenly split between defense and non-defense, would be fully offset by cuts in...

House Changes to Military Pensions Would Violate Key Principle of Recent Budget Deal

February 12, 2014

The House voted yesterday to undo the military pension savings in December’s Murray-Ryan budget deal and offset the cost by extending the sequestration budget cuts for mandatory programs by one year, from 2023 to 2024.   That was a mistake.  The bill upends a key feature of the agreement, which Congress adopted with a large, bipartisan...

Higher Deficits in New CBO Forecast Don’t Reflect Higher Spending

February 4, 2014

The new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) budget estimates are more pessimistic than those it released last May, showing deficits that are $1 trillion higher over 2014 through 2023.  This worsening budget outlook reflects lower revenues, not higher spending.  In fact, CBO now projects lower spending over the decade than it did last year. ...