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Healthy Congress Index: Signs of Progress on Appropriations

Michael Thorning / Blog July 23, 2018

While the 115th Congress has a mixed record so far in terms of the legislative process, there are signs of hope for regular order in the appropriations process for the upcoming fiscal year.

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CBP 2017 Apprehensions May Be Historic, But They Are Not Dramatic

Cristobal Ramón / Blog December 18, 2017

It’s too early to determine whether FY2018 will see a jump in apprehensions, these new monthly figures suggest that Southwest border apprehensions will largely revert to numbers seen since 2012.

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When Will Federal Deficits Hit $1 Trillion Next?

Steve Bell, Tim Shaw, Jack Rametta / Blog October 26, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected in its June budget baseline that in Fiscal Year 2022 the federal deficit will once again exceed $1 trillion (4.5 percent of GDP). However, much has happened since that CBO estimate was made. Three hurricanes have battered the United States and its territories, congressional leaders on both sides have suggested increases in discretionary spending…

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Congress's First Nine Months

Michael Thorning / Blog October 19, 2017

In the first nine months, the 115th Congress was at work in the Capitol more, but it’s unclear what there is to show for it in terms of adhering to regular order.

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Congress Backs Energy Research in the Omnibus

Brad Townsend / Blog May 5, 2017

Since 1987, energy research has decreased from 14.4 percent of the federal R&D budget to 5.3 percent by 2017

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Government Spending Bill Includes Important Funding for Accelerating Cures

Janet M. Marchibroda, Timothy Swope / Blog May 5, 2017

The bill provides a $2 billion increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support important research.

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Has Defense Spending Turned the Corner?

Steve Bell, Tim Shaw, Jack Rametta / Blog May 5, 2017

The final version of the FY2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill could be a sign that defense spending may have turned a corner after almost a decade of stagnant appropriations.

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Preserving the Children's Health Insurance Program

Health / Research March 2, 2017

Funding for programs designed to improve coverage and access to care for vulnerable populations are set to expire in 2017. This report recommends extending these programs and stresses the need for action early in the 115th Congress.

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