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

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Apr 22, 2020 | Social Security

Analysis of the 2020 Social Security Trustees' Report

Today, the Social Security Trustees released their annual report, showing that...
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Mar 30, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

CBO’s Analysis of the President’s FY 2021 Budget

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the...
Mar 17, 2020 | Health Care

Choices for Financing Medicare for All

Proposals to adopt a single-payer health care system – commonly called Medicare for All – have become increasingly popular. Such proposals, which...
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Mar 9, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Budget Offsets Bank

The federal debt is at a post-war record high, deficits are set to exceed the trillion-dollar mark...
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Budget Resolution Principles for Fiscal Year 2021

The Congressional budget resolution should establish national priorities in a responsible manner. Congress should follow these principles to craft...
Feb 26, 2020 | Health Care

Primary Care: Estimating Democratic Candidates’ Health Plans

Health care is the single largest part of the federal budget and a key driver of our unsustainably rising national debt. Rising health care...
Feb 25, 2020 | Budget Process

Congress Increasingly Fails to Budget

The Congressional budget process calls for an annual budget resolution to make explicit the tradeoffs between discretionary spending, direct...
Feb 10, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Analysis of the President’s FY 2021 Budget

The Trump Administration released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget...
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Jan 28, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Analysis of CBO’s Budget and Economic Outlook (January 2020)

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its January 2020 Budget and Economic Outlook...
Jan 24, 2020

ARCHIVE: Primary Care: Estimating Leading Democratic Candidates’ Health Plans

Note (2/26/2020): This analysis is now out of date. We released an updated version of this analysis,...
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Q&A: Everything You Should Know About Government Shutdowns

The fiscal year began on Oct. 1, 2019, and Congress has enacted none of 12 appropriations bills setting discretionary spending levels. Lawmakers...
Nov 6, 2019 | Budget Process

Letter to Senate Budget Committee: Advance Bipartisan Budget Improvements

Below is a letter sent today from Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas to Senate Budget Committee Chairman...
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Oct 28, 2019

ARCHIVE: Choices for Financing Medicare for All: A Preliminary Analysis

Note (3/17/2020): This analysis is now out of date. We released an updated version of this analysis,...
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Sep 24, 2019 | Social Security

Chartbook: Promoting Economic Growth through Social Security Reform

Below is a Chartbook that corresponds to the paper "Promoting Economic Growth through Social Security Reform":
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Sep 18, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Americans Show They Can Make Tough Federal Budget Decisions and Reduce National Debt

The national debt currently is the highest it has been as a share of the economy since just after World War II, and it is rising rapidly. This...
Sep 12, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

After the 2020 Election, Fiscal Challenges Await

The winner of the 2020 presidential election will begin his or her term facing a daunting fiscal situation. High deficits and debt, depleting...
Aug 27, 2019 | Economics

Break Glass Here: A Responsible Plan to Combat the Next Recession

The United States is in the midst of one of the longest periods of sustained economic growth in its history, but there are signs that this...
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Aug 21, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Analysis of CBO’s Updated Budget and Economic Outlook (August 2019)

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its updated Budget and Economic Outlook...
Aug 9, 2019 | Health Care

Letter to Finance Committee: Thank You For Working to Reduce Health Costs

Below is a letter sent today from Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas to leaders of the Senate Finance...

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