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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
February 16, 2017

With the potential this year for substantial cuts in poverty reduction programs and the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) repeal, people without a bachelor’s...

Whites Without College Degree Are Largest Group of Working-Age Adults Lifted Above Poverty Line by Safety Net
January 30, 2017

We’ve updated our year-end report urging policymakers to provide a large funding boost to renew housing vouchers in 2017 so that we could show the potential impact...

January 25, 2017

The House reportedly may soon consider a bill to fund the Defense Department for the rest of fiscal year 2017, and it may be because the Republican majority wants to give defense some relief from the sequestration budget cuts without doing the same for non-defense programs.

But defense is just one of 11 bills needed to fund the government in 2017 that remain unfinished, and Congress...

Magnifying Glass and Pie Chart
January 19, 2017

Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin emphasized the importance of sufficiently funding the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today, saying:

I am concerned about the staffing of the IRS. It is an important part of fixing the tax gap and I am very

IRS Has Cut Enforcement Staff by 23 Percent Since 2010
January 12, 2017

With CNN hosting a town hall tonight at which House Speaker Paul Ryan will discuss the House Republican “Better Way” agenda released last year, here are the reports and posts we’ve issued on those proposals.

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...

January 3, 2017

With the 115th Congress convening today, CBPP President Robert Greenstein’s Washington Post op-ed explains that GOP leaders will likely pursue radical changes in core safety net programs this year and shrink other important programs for low- and moderate-income people.

Dollar and Columns
December 20, 2016

Congressional Republicans’ planned approach to repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) wouldn’t leave enough funding for a replacement that provides at least comparable coverage to a similar number of people, our new paper explains.  As a result, it would create...

Most Savings From Repealing Affordable Care Act Coverage Expansions Go for Regressive Tax Cuts
December 7, 2016

Congressional Republicans claim that, when they repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) early next year, they can avoid hurting consumers by delaying the elimination of its Medicaid expansion and marketplace subsidies for two years or more.  This delay, they say, would ensure that “...