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Trump Budget: Non-Defense Discretionary Cuts Almost Twice as Big as the Budget Says

March 12, 2019

The President’s budget proposes to cut 2020 funding for non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs — a broad category that includes everything from education to veterans’ medical care, housing assistance, international affairs, and environmental protection — by 9 percent, or nearly twice as much as the 5 percent that the Administration says (as we explain below). The cuts are 11 percent in...

President's 2020 Budget Would Cut Broad Set of Public Services

Trump Shutdown Threat Puts 2019 Policy Improvements at Risk

December 18, 2018

President Trump’s vow to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t provide his border-wall funding threatens many important policies that lawmakers of both parties have hammered out in recent months — especially if it prompts them to fund the government through continuing resolutions (CRs) rather than regular appropriations bills.

A shutdown would only affect part of the federal...

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Hurricane Anniversary Highlights Puerto Rico’s Need for Adequate Medicaid Funding

September 20, 2018

A year after Hurricane Maria took an extraordinary human and economic toll on Puerto Rico, the island faces immediate recovery tasks as well as longer-term challenges that predated the storm, including a decade-long recession and an...

Health and Money

Tax Bill’s Cost Could Hit $2.2 Trillion Over Next Decade

December 18, 2017

The Republican tax bill is loaded with expiring provisions and delayed tax increases that help it comply with budget rules but hide its likely real cost; if policymakers down the road don’t let these provisions take effect, as leading Republicans say they prefer,...


Senate Tax Bill Could Prove Costlier Than Official Estimate

November 16, 2017

The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch’s revised tax bill would lose $1.4 trillion between 2018 and 2027, but begin to raise revenue starting in 2027.  To limit the bill’s cost in this way, Chairman Hatch proposed to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, sunset the bill’s individual tax provisions after 2025 (...

In Focus: Revised Hatch Bill's Sunsets and Delayed Tax Hikes Limit Its Cost Late in Decade

Black’s Lopsided Budget Is a Dead End for Appropriations

June 26, 2017

House Budget Committee Chair Diane Black is reportedly close to a deal with House Republicans on a 2018 budget resolution that would significantly increase defense and cut non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs, both of which are funded through the...

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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...

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