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New CBO Budget Projections Are Cause for Concern — Not Alarm

April 9, 2018

New Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projections show that the budget outlook has deteriorated significantly, but that doesn’t justify unwise spending cuts or an economically damaging balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

CBO now projects that the deficit will top $1 trillion...

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Why a Balanced Budget Amendment Would Harm Social Security and Federal Deposit Insurance

April 9, 2018

The problems with a constitutional balanced budget amendment, which the House will vote on this week, go far beyond the significant economic harm it could cause. For instance, its requirement that policymakers offset federal spending in any year with revenues collected in...

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Rescissions Would Renege on Budget Deal

April 4, 2018

Some congressional Republicans want to force votes to cut (or “rescind”) billions of dollars in non-defense spending from the 2018 government funding bill Congress passed on a bipartisan basis last month, according to press reports.  Doing so would renege on the recent bipartisan budget...

Non-Defense Discretionary Funding Increases Under Bipartisan Deal Yet Remains Below 2010 Level

Building a Better Budget Process

February 26, 2018

Congress’ continued failure to meet budget deadlines has prompted widespread calls to improve the budget process, and the recent Bipartisan Budget Act established a joint select committee to examine the budget and appropriations process and recommend reforms. Meanwhile, under the auspices of the...


Congress Shouldn’t Suspend Health-Related Taxes

January 17, 2018

The four-week federal funding bill that the House will consider tomorrow would temporarily suspend or delay three health-related taxes: the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices, the fee on health insurance providers (also known as the health insurance tax), and the excise tax on high-cost health...

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Delaying Health Insurance Tax Would Give Windfall to Insurers, Do Little to Reduce Premiums

December 8, 2017

Health insurers continue to lobby for repealing or suspending the fee on health insurance providers — also known as the health insurance tax, enacted to help pay for health reform — before the end of the year. Policymakers suspended the tax for 2017, but the industry is pushing to...


Increase in Medicare’s Income-Related Premiums Raises Concerns

November 2, 2017

The House will vote tomorrow on a bill to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), temporarily increase federal funding for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program, extend funding for community health centers and several other public health programs for two years, and temporarily avert cuts to Medicaid disproportionate...

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Don’t Repeal IPAB

October 3, 2017

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will mark up legislation tomorrow to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) — a presidentially appointed commission charged with developing ways to slow the growth of Medicare spending.

Despite the claims of its critics, repealing IPAB would be unwise, as we’...

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Federal Spending and Revenue Needs Will Grow

September 6, 2017

Spending and revenues will have to grow significantly as a share of the economy in coming years just to enable the federal government to continue carrying out existing functions that the public widely supports, our new analysis concludes. As policymakers...

Spending Needs Will Grow

House Should Reject Cuts to CBO

July 26, 2017

Two proposed amendments to the House legislative branch appropriation bill would cut funding and staffing for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) by as much as 50 percent. House members should reject these amendments, offered by Representatives Scott Perry and...

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