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September 29, 2017

The American Enterprise Institute’s Andrew Biggs and I are together urging Congress to adequately fund the Census Bureau as it prepares for the 2020 census. Although our organizations frequently disagree on policy matters, Andrew and I strongly agree that policymakers and businesses can’t make good decisions without good data, as we explained in a joint letter...

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September 19, 2017

A congressionally mandated commission has outlined ways that public agencies can help researchers access more government data and hence contribute to more effective public policy — just as Congress is considering...

Many Studies Find Economic Assistance Helps Low-Income Children Succeed
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
September 6, 2017

The House is scheduled this week to take the next step to implement the Republican majority’s 2018 appropriations plan, which pairs a $70 billion increase above the 2017 level for defense with an $8 billion cut to non-defense programs. That unbalanced plan would fall far short of meeting national needs, as we...

House GOP Would Abandon Years of Bipartisan, Equal Relief From Sequestration by Boosting Defense, Cutting Non-Defense
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
July 31, 2017

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a 2018 funding bill that would dramatically underfund the Census Bureau and, in particular, the work needed to ensure that the constitutionally-required 2020 decennial census provides an accurate picture of every community in America. This underfunding could endanger the comprehensiveness and accuracy of the data that businesses, communities,...

One Reason Congress Should Adequately Fund the 2020 Census:
July 27, 2017

Now that the Senate has rejected two measures to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promoting a so-called “skinny repeal” with the sole and explicit goal of advancing health legislation to a conference with the House, which...

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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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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
July 17, 2017

Updated 7:45pm EST. 

The House Budget Committee is moving forward with a 2018 budget plan that will set a fiscal framework for budget, tax, and appropriations bills to follow and for years to come. The budget resolution may well lay out a harsh long-term vision that will mean a further weakening of health care; far less help to families struggling to afford the...

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