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It’s Time to Rethink the Debt Limit

G. William Hoagland, Shai Akabas, Tim Shaw / Blog August 8, 2018

Once reinstated, partisan conflict over the debt limit will reemerge, putting the country back on the brink of a potentially calamitous default on its obligations.

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What is the Long-Term Fiscal Outlook for the United States?

Economy / Research June 28, 2018

The federal government is on a dangerous fiscal path. The widening gap between federal revenues and spending leads to the unsustainable trajectory of U.S. debt.

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U.S. Debt Projected to Rapidly Grow Over Next 30 Years

Economy / Press Release June 26, 2018

Key takeaways from the new Congressional Budget Office projections, which show a dire long-term outlook for the nation’s finances.

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Treasury Data Reaffirm Deficit Climbing Rapidly

Economy / Press Release June 12, 2018

In the month of May alone, the federal government ran a monthly budget deficit of $147 billion, which was 67 percent higher than the deficit in May 2017.

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Counting the Costs: Introduction to CBO’s Updated Health Insurance Model

Health / June 19, 2018 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

On June 19 BPC hosted a presentation by staff of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on their updated health care coverage model.

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Treasury Hits Largest April Surplus on Record at $214.3 Billion

Economy / News May 10, 2018

“Last month’s strong tax collections are partly a reflection of the robust expansion of the U.S. economy in 2017. This further confirms what previous indicators have shown,” said Shai Akabas, director of economic policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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4 Items of Interest in CBO’s Monthly Budget Review

Economy / Press Release May 7, 2018

The U.S. government ran its largest April surplus on record last month, BPC’s analysis of a new Congressional Budget Office report shows.

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CBO Confirms Trillion Dollar Deficits Coming Soon. Here’s Why It Matters.

Shai Akabas, Tim Shaw, Jack Rametta / Blog April 12, 2018

The U.S. government will soon be running trillion-dollar deficits and this time – absent serious action by our elected leaders – they’re here to stay.

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CBO’s New Deficit Projection a Wake-Up Call

Economy / Press Release April 9, 2018

CBO projections show recent policy changes have made the situation worse. The recent budget deal and tax cuts have caused federal deficits to surge.

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Sandy Davis & Shai Akabas: Congress, the CBO Is Not Your Football

Economy / News March 19, 2018

As omnibus approaches, lawmakers should resist the temptation to throw the agency around

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