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A Letter From the Former Public Trustees of Social Security and Medicare

Economy / Research July 14, 2017

Today, the ex officio trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds released the 2017 annual reports on the financial conditions of the two programs. The trustees’ projections remain ominous for the financial future of the programs, with serious implications for millions of current and future program beneficiaries as well as taxpaying workers.

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Trustees Reports Highlight Social Security, Medicare Trust Fund Challenges

Economy / Press Release July 13, 2017

The trustees for Social Security and Medicare today released their annual reports, providing an update on the financial conditions of the programs’ trust funds. The reports highlight the significant financial challenges that each program continues to face.

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BPC Narrows “X-Date” Forecast to Early to Mid-October

Shai Akabas, Tim Shaw, Jack Rametta / Blog July 12, 2017

BPC has narrowed its projection window for the debt limit “X Date,” when the federal government would not be able to pay all its bills in full and on time, to early to mid-October. This projection parallels the one released recently by the Congressional Budget Office, which reached a similar conclusion.

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Why this Social Security budget nightmare must be resolved now

Economy / News July 10, 2017

It is difficult to imagine any bipartisan solution that will not require some balance of increased taxes and, at least for some, moderation of benefit growth.

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The Financial Future of Social Security and Medicare

Tim Shaw, Jack Rametta / Blog June 22, 2017

In total, the federal government spent nearly $1.5 trillion on Social Security and Medicare in 2016, and their current and future financial status is of the utmost importance.

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The Upcoming Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ Reports: A Preview

Economy / Research June 22, 2017

It has helped immeasurably that the two public trustees have generally striven to operate as a bipartisan team, rather than dividing to offer competing partisan perspectives.

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Blahous, Reischauer to Provide Independent Analysis

Economy / Press Release June 15, 2017

Charles P. Blahous III and Robert Reischauer will reprise their roles through a new platform at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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The Case for Public Trustees of Social Security and Medicare

Tim Shaw, Shai Akabas / Blog June 15, 2017

Maintaining an independent, bipartisan, and public role in the financial oversight of these critical programs is a necessary step towards restoring public trust.

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Immigration in Trump’s FY2018 Budget

Lazaro Zamora / Blog May 25, 2017

The FY2018 budget proposes billions in funding increases for border and immigration enforcement, including funds to construct new miles of wall.

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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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