Congressional Budget Debate

A Congressional Budget Dictionary

Congressional Republicans are using complicated — and likely poll-tested — language to make their budget plans’ deep spending cuts and dramatic structural changes in key programs for low- and moderate-income people sound benign and even positive.

While it’s common practice for lawmakers to use language that puts their plans in the best possible light, it’s important to understand exactly what they mean. Read more

View additional analyses of the congressional budget proposals:


  • Greenstein: Congressional Budget Plans Would Increase Poverty, Decrease Key Investments, and Rely on Enormous “Magic Asterisks” House | Senate

Food Assistance


Low-income Cuts


  • House Budget Committee Plan Cuts Pell Grants Deeply, Reducing Access to Higher Education Report | Blog





Reducing fraud and abuse




Compromise to Fix Medicare Payment Formula and Extend Children's Health Insurance Deserves Support

The compromise that the House has passed isn’t perfect.  It would be better if policymakers fully offset the repair of the physician payment formula (known as the sustainable growth rate, or SGR) and extended CHIP for four years rather than two. 

An effort should, and surely will, be made in the Senate to strengthen the CHIP component of the package by extending the program for four years.  Read more


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Full Employment: How Can We Get There and Stay There? Why Does It Matter?

Please join the Full Employment Project of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities for a keynote speech by former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke and a discussion of leading economists about policies that can help restore and maintain full employment in U.S. labor markets. RSVP

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