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Papers

View our recurring reports, which summarize and analyze the most important regular federal budget releases and reports.

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May 16, 2018 | Health Care

American Health Care: Health Spending and the Federal Budget

The United States spends more on health care than any other country in the world, and a large share of that spending comes from the federal...
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May 10, 2018 | Budget Process

Chartbook: Playing By the (Budget) Rules

Below is a Chartbook that corresponds to the paper "Playing By the (Budget) Rules: Understanding and Preventing Budget Gimmicks"  
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Apr 30, 2018 | Budgets & Projections

Chartbook: America's Budget Outlook

Below is a chartbook on America's deteriorating budget outlook.   Update (5/15/18): We clarified the footnote on slide 9 to more clearly...
Apr 12, 2018 | Budget Process

Letter to Members of Congress on Statutory Budget Deadline

The statutory deadline for a budget is April 15 and no budget is in sight. Instead, members of the House of Representatives are voting on a balanced...
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Apr 9, 2018 | Budgets & Projections

Analysis of CBO’s April 2018 Budget and Economic Outlook

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its ten-year budget and economic outlook today, showing that recent legislation has made an already...
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Mar 29, 2018 | Budgets & Projections

Chartbook: America's Deteriorating Budget Outlook

An updated version of this chartbook is available here Below is a chartbook on America's deteriorating budget outlook.  
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Mar 27, 2018 | Other Spending

Pro-Growth Infrastructure Needs Concrete Pay-Fors

Policymakers in Washington have turned their attention to infrastructure, with members of both parties putting forward their own competing proposals...
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Mar 13, 2018 | Taxes

Maya MacGuineas's Testimony on Tax Extenders

On March 14, 2018, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas testified before the House Ways and Means Tax Policy...
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Mar 13, 2018 | Budget Process

Maya MacGuineas's Testimony on CBO Oversight: Perspectives from Outside Experts

On March 14, 2018, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas testified before the House Budget Committee on "CBO Oversight...
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Mar 2, 2018 | Budgets & Projections

Updating the U.S. Budget Outlook

Note (4/30/2018): This paper was published before CBO's April 2018 baseline, which provides official estimates of the fiscal situation. For the...
Feb 26, 2018 | Budget Process

Playing By the (Budget) Rules: Understanding and Preventing Budget Gimmicks

The breakdown in the federal budget process and erosion of budget discipline have led to the increasingly pervasive reliance on budget gimmicks....
Feb 23, 2018 | Budget Process

Five Ways the Budget Process Has Failed

Today is the deadline for Congressional leaders to announce the Members of Congress serving on the Joint Select Committee on Budget and...
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Feb 12, 2018 | Budgets & Projections

Analysis of the President's FY 2019 Budget

The Trump Administration released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget proposal today. The budget proposes a number of tax and spending changes that it...
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Feb 9, 2018 | Budgets & Projections

What We’d Like to See in President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget

The Trump Administration is slated to release its budget outlining the President’s priorities for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and the next decade on Monday...
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Q&A: Everything You Should Know About Government Shutdowns

This paper has been updated here. As we’ve learned to expect, Congress seems to be waiting until the last minute to address several important...
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Feb 6, 2018 | Budget Process

Maya MacGuineas's Testimony on Continuing Resolutions, Omnibuses, and Shutdowns

On February 6, 2018, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas testified before the Senate Homeland Security and...
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Jan 10, 2018 | Other Spending

Q&A: Everything You Should Know About Government Shutdowns

This paper has been updated here. As we’ve learned to expect, Congress seems to be waiting until the last minute to address several important fiscal...
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Jan 4, 2018 | Budgets & Projections

Q&A: Everything You Should Know About the Debt Ceiling

One issue that must be addressed soon is the federal debt ceiling, which was reinstated on December 9, 2017 at almost $20.5 trillion....
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Budgeting for the Next Generation: A New Series on Children and the Federal Budget

The federal budget is arguably the most comprehensive representation of the federal government’s priorities. Policymakers use the budget to determine...
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Gimmicks to Look Out For in a Spending Deal

With Congress moving toward funding the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2018, pressure is mounting to increase discretionary spending....

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