Issues for Congress’ Lame Duck Session

Tax Extenders Package Is Fundamentally Flawed

The emerging “tax extenders” package marks a significant step backward on several key issues facing the nation: long-term budget deficits, high levels of poverty (especially among children), and widening inequality.

It would permanently enlarge budget deficits — and, by so doing, increase pressures to cut domestic programs more deeply — while favoring large corporations and leaving out millions of families that work for low or modest wages. Read more

Related: Letting Key Provisions of Working-Family Tax Credits Expire Would Push 16 Million People Into or Deeper Into Poverty

 

Finalizing 2015 Funding

Our series of short pieces on congressional negotiations over funding levels for this fiscal year explains:

  • Why Congress shouldn’t pass another stopgap funding bill but instead agree on funding levels for the rest of the fiscal year.
     
  • Why 2015 will almost inevitably be another year of shrinking real (inflation-adjusted) resources for non-defense discretionary programs, which include everything from law enforcement and homeland security to veterans’ medical care, scientific and medical research, public health, education, and environmental protection.
     
  • Why the Senate approach to 2015 funding for non-defense discretionary programs better protects domestic priorities than the House approach.
     
  • Why the President’s requested funds to respond to the Ebola epidemic shouldn’t count against the 2011 Budget Control Act’s funding caps.
     
  • Why Congress should give the Census Bureau what it needs to prepare for the next census in 2020.
     

More: Federal Budget Analyses

Health Reform

Consumers Should Return to Healthcare.gov for 2015 Coverage

Many people who auto-enroll in federal Marketplace health coverage for 2015 could pay more than they should. Read more

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