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First CBO Report of FY 2017 Highlights Worrisome Fiscal Trends

Economy / Press Release November 7, 2016

With the economy showing positive signs on employment, now is the right time to phase in commonsense deficit reduction policies.

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Containing the Growth of Health Care Costs

Ben Ritz / Blog October 3, 2016

While the recession slowed the growth in federal health spending, it is beginning to increase once again—this time as a result of the aging population.

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CBO Outlook Update Shows Worsening Deficit

Ben Ritz / Blog August 25, 2016

The report emphasizes the seriousness of the fiscal challenges facing the next president and Congress less than three months before Americans head to the polls.

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Encouraging Retirement Savings in the Tax Code

Kenneth Megan / Blog October 19, 2015

Federal income tax expenditures for retirement are expected to exceed $800 billion between 2014 and 2018.

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Hatch Introduces Proposals on Social Security Disability Insurance

Steve Bell, Shai Akabas, Brian Collins / Blog May 8, 2015

The Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund becomes insolvent next year. How to deal with that fact has drawn a number of suggestions.

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GOP’s competing priorities exposed in budget brawl

Economy / News March 30, 2015

GOP lawmakers have sparred over a comparatively small sliver of war funding in congressional budget debates.

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Five Things to Look for as Republicans Roll out Their Budget Proposals

Economy / News March 17, 2015

Republicans are back in control of both chambers of Congress for the first time since 2006 and will use that perch to offer their budget blueprints this week.

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GOP to Stick to Sequester Spending Limits in 2016 Budget

Economy / News March 10, 2015

Republican leaders are expected to unveil House and Senate budgets next week that will hew to spending curbs enacted four years ago.

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The EITC and Immigration

Matt Graham / Blog February 18, 2015

In President Obama’s budget submission to Congress, he proposed to dramatically expand the Earned Income Tax Credit for childless workers and non-custodial parents.

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Safeguarding Social Security and Other Retirement Policy Fixes

Economy / News February 11, 2015

Relatively modest changes could help many more Americans achieve a comfortable retirement. And that should be enough reason for policymakers to act.

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