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Budget Deal Needed to Protect Key Investments

July 17, 2019

Policymakers should reach agreement on lifting the annual caps on total defense and non-defense funding before they leave for their August recess, so they can complete the appropriations bills in a timely way this fall — without the brinkmanship and uncertainty that can disrupt important government services. Freezing funding at 2019 levels, as some suggest, would shortchange non-defense...

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5 Reasons to Reject Any Constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment

April 29, 2019

Members of Congress have proposed almost a dozen constitutional amendments this year requiring a balanced budget, all of which share serious drawbacks. Rep. Ben McAdams introduced the latest balanced budget amendment (BBA), H.J. Res. 55, and it shows both that BBAs are fundamentally flawed and that attempts to fix them invariably don’t succeed at doing that.

That’s true mainly for five...

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Procedural Advantages for “Rescissions” Don’t Apply to Mandatory Programs

April 26, 2018

President Trump reportedly plans soon to propose cuts in “mandatory benefit programs” in a package of spending cuts known as “rescissions.” He’s surely free to do so. But the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and Government Accountability Office (GAO) agree that the special procedural advantages that...

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Trump’s Expected “Rescissions” Would Cut Funds That Agencies Still Need

April 25, 2018

Lawmakers of both parties have criticized the Administration’s announcement that President Trump will soon ask Congress to cut (or “rescind”) funding that policymakers have previously enacted for appropriated programs, arguing that would undermine the recent bipartisan deal to fund the government for 2018 and 2019. The President...


5 Reasons Why the House Balanced Budget Amendment Is a Bad Idea

April 11, 2018

House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte’s proposed constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget, which the House will vote on tomorrow, has many serious drawbacks:

  • It would hurt the economy.  By requiring a balanced budget every year, no matter the state of the economy, the balanced budget amendment (BBA) proposal would risk tipping a weak

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A $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut Could Trigger Entitlement Cuts This Year – or Later

October 18, 2017

As the Senate continues debating a budget plan that paves the way for a $1.5 trillion tax cut over ten years, the pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) law remains on the books, with potentially big implications for key budget programs.  Under PAYGO, which policymakers first enacted in 1990 and, after it expired, restored in 2010, the President and Congress must offset a tax cut or entitlement expansion with...


5 Key Points About the Budget Before the House This Week

October 4, 2017

This week, the full House is planning to consider the 2018 budget plan that the House Budget Committee approved in July. Here are five key points about the plan.

Low- and Moderate-Income Programs Would be Cut Disproportionately and More Deeply Every Year Under House GOP Budget

5 Key Points About the Budget Likely Before the House This Month

September 5, 2017

Returning from its summer recess, Congress now faces the key challenge of designing a budget plan for fiscal year 2018 and beyond. Here are five key points — and links to selected CBPP analyses — about the plan that the House Budget Committee approved in July and the full House will likely consider this month. It would:

1. Seriously harm health care. The House budget plan calls...

In Focus: Low- and Moderate-Income Programs Would Be Cut Disproportionately and More Deeply Every Year Under House GOP Budget

House Budget Would Cut Non-Defense Programs to Historic Lows

July 19, 2017

In her budget plan, House Budget Committee Chair Diane Black directed some of her most draconian cuts at non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs, which promote opportunity, provide building blocks for economic growth, and fund basic public services, among many other things.   These programs have been...

Republican Budgets Call for Deep Cuts in Non-Defense Discretionary Spending

Deficits Under Trump Budget Even Bigger Than CBO Expected to Show

July 12, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of President Trump’s 2018 budget, due out tomorrow, will likely show the budget reducing the deficit by considerably less than the $5.6 trillion over ten years that the Administration claims. That’s mainly because CBO likely won’t accept the Administration’s claim that its policies would generate enough added economic growth to reduce deficits by...