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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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Jun 7, 2018 | Health Care

Analysis of the 2018 Medicare Trustees' Report

The Medicare Trustees have released their 2018 report on the financial status of Medicare. The report shows that Medicare spending will increase...
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Jun 7, 2018 | Other Spending

Budgeting for the Next Generation: How Do Kids Fare?

When it comes to fiscal policy, it is increasingly clear that children are not a high priority. Recent tax cuts and spending increases have burdened...
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Jun 5, 2018 | Social Security

Analysis of the 2018 Social Security Trustees’ Report

The Trustees for Social Security released their annual report today. As they have for many years, their projections show that the Social Security...
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May 30, 2018 | Budget Process

Appropriations 101

What are appropriations? Appropriations are annual decisions made by Congress about how the federal government spends some of its money. In general...
May 30, 2018 | Economics

Can America Sustain the Recent Economic Boost?

Key Takeaways: The good news is that the economy is doing well; however, this is unlikely to turn into sustained growth at the same rate. Short-...
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May 24, 2018 | Budgets & Projections

CBO’s Analysis of the President’s FY 2019 Budget

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its estimate of the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget using its own assumptions to evaluate the...
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May 24, 2018 | Budget Process

Maya MacGuineas's Testimony on Budget Resolution Reforms

On May 24, 2018, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas testified before the Joint Select Committee on Budget and...
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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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