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December 18, 2017

As the congressional session draws to a close this week, policymakers face the important tasks of enacting appropriations bills for fiscal year 2018 that began on October 1, extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and other expired health programs, and providing vital disaster relief for communities hard hit by hurricanes and wildfires. But House Republican leaders are...

House GOP Would Abandon Years of Bipartisan, Equal Relief From Sequestration by Boosting Defense, Ignoring Non-Defense
December 8, 2017

Policymakers should raise the appropriations caps for 2018 and beyond to keep them from holding funding well below what’s needed to address important priorities. But policymakers must also ensure that any provisions to offset the cost of cap increases don’t cause harm — for example, by reducing health coverage or worsening poverty and hardship — and that the additional funding is...

December 5, 2017

Republican leaders have repeatedly said in recent weeks that after enacting a tax bill, they will turn to budget cuts.

Dollar and Columns
November 16, 2017

An estimated 25.5 million adults with a mental health condition didn't receive services of any kind in 2016. Yet federal funding for the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG), a key program providing services to adults...

November 13, 2017

When the President and Congress finalize program funding for fiscal year 2018, they should increase funding for three key Justice Department grants that help states reduce recidivism and improve the corrections system: the Second Chance Act, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, and the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program.  While these programs have strong...

Capitol Dome
October 27, 2017

With the number of households struggling to pay rent near historic highs, and federal rent aid reaching only 1 in 4 eligible households, the Department of Housing and Urban...

October 26, 2017

With the House adopting the Senate-passed budget resolution today, Congress has now set in motion a fast-track process to facilitate costly, ill-conceived tax cuts that will swell deficits by $1.5 trillion over the next decade. As Robert Greenstein notes in a ...

2018 Budget
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...

October 18, 2017

The Senate is expected to vote this week on its fiscal year 2018 budget resolution. Broadly, the budget:

paves the way for a fast-track partisan process to pass tax-cut legislation that would add $1.5 trillion to deficits over the next decade and would primarily benefit the wealthy and corporations; calls for $5.8 trillion in budget cuts over the next decade, including...
Vast Majority Would Lose Under $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut Based on Trump/GOP Framework, Once Fully Financed
October 6, 2017

The full House and the Senate Appropriations Committee have passed woefully inadequate funding plans for operating the Social Security Administration (SSA), which...

Senate Budget Proposal Would Deeply Cut Social Security Administration Funding for 2018