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Papers

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

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

As we’ve learned to expect, Congress seems to be waiting until the last minute to address several important fiscal priorities. One of the most...
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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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Dec 12, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

The Year-End Debt Dilemma

As the year comes to a close, lawmakers have a number of legislative deadlines and a variety of issues they need or want to address – many of which...
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Nov 27, 2017 | Taxes| Economics

Can Tax Reform Generate 0.4% Additional Growth?

Well-crafted tax reform would improve economic growth. While pro-growth tax reform can generate some revenue to the Treasury from the added growth,...
Nov 7, 2017 | Taxes| Economics

Chartbook: Dynamic Scoring and Tax Reform

This presentation covers that tax cuts don't pay for themselves, smart tax reform can generate $300 billion to $400 billion of dynamic revenues (...
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Oct 31, 2017 | Taxes

Five Gimmicks That May Hide the True Costs of Tax Reform

The budget resolution recently passed by Congress sets the stage for fast-track tax reform legislation (a process known as reconciliation) that...
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Oct 18, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

The FY 2018 Senate Budget and Budget Gimmicks

Note: An amendment was adopted during floor consideration that effects budget gimmicks in the House of Representatives. You can read more on that...
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A Mini-Bargain to Improve the Budget: An Update

Note: This paper is an update from our August 2017 piece “A Mini-Bargain to Improve the Budget.” It adds a new section on how to pay for disaster...
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Oct 4, 2017 | Taxes

Tax Cuts Don't Pay For Themselves

While policymakers are gearing up to address tax reform this fall, some have advocated for abandoning true reform and instead focusing solely on tax...
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Sep 11, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Q&A: Gross Debt Versus Debt Held by the Public

On September 8, the federal government's gross debt exceeded $20 trillion for the first time. This mark serves as an important reminder of the nation...
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Q&A: Everything You Should Know About Government Shutdowns

We have updated this document. The most recent version is available here. It’s déjà vu all over again, again – Congress seems to be waiting until...
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Sep 5, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

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

This Q&A has been updated. See here for the latest version. One issue that must be addressed this month is the federal debt...

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