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Boehner Plan Dumps Long-Standing Protection for the Poor

July 28, 2011

Yesterday’s Washington Post described an important and welcome development: a coalition of Christian groups is urging the President and Congress to shield poor people from budget cuts in the debt-ceiling debate and other deficit-reduction packages.

Clarifying Some Misunderstandings about the “Gang of Six” Plan

July 19, 2011

Some of the early reporting on the deficit reduction plan that the Senate’s “Gang of Six” released today appears to have incorrectly or incompletely described two principal elements of the plan: its reductions in health care programs and its revenue increases.

Bob Greenstein Discusses Economy on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal”

June 10, 2011

Robert Greenstein, the Center’s President, and Kevin Hassett, Senior Fellow and Director of Economic Policy Studies at the America Enterprise Institute, discussed job creation and the economic recovery on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal this morning.

Bob Greenstein Discusses the Federal Budget with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell

April 22, 2011

Yesterday, Bob Greenstein discussed President Obama’s deficit reduction plan, the House GOP budget, and the ongoing debt limit debate on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

Bob Greenstein Discusses the President's Deficit Reduction Plan with MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell

April 14, 2011

Last night, Bob Greenstein discussed the details of President Obama’s deficit reduction plan on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell”

Bob Greenstein Discusses the Federal Debt Limit Debate with MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell

April 12, 2011

Bob Greenstein discusses the ongoing federal debt limit debate with Lawrence O’Donnell last night on MSNBC’s "The Last Word."

Bob Greenstein Discusses the Federal Budget with MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell

April 7, 2011

Bob Greenstein discusses the ongoing federal budget debate with Lawrence O’Donnell last night on MSNBC’s "The Last Word."

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Robert Greenstein Discusses Ryan Budget on MSNBC’s “The Last Word”

April 5, 2011

Yesterday, Robert Greenstein appeared on MSNBC’s “ “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” to discuss House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget.

The Road to a Possible Government Shutdown: Who’s Not Willing to Compromise?

March 31, 2011

I noted recently how far the goal posts have moved in the debate over fiscal year 2011 discretionary appropriations. Given the pronounced movement toward ever larger cuts — including media reports this morning that the White House has offered another $23 billion in cuts below those already enacted — it’s hard to understand why anyone would take seriously charges that Democrats have not moved on discretionary spending or are refusing to negotiate. The charge that the impasse is Senate Democrats’ fault, because they have not passed a full-year 2011 appropriations bill, also rings hollow as explained below.

Let’s look at where we are now and how we got there.

Goal Posts Shifting in Spending Debate

March 11, 2011

While the congressional debate over funding the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year is getting considerable public attention, few seem to recognize just how far the goal posts have shifted.

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