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

Jun 2, 2020 | Other Spending

Maya MacGuineas's Testimony on Pandemic Response Oversight

On June 3, 2020, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas testified before the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee...
May 22, 2020 | Economics

Chartbook: The COVID-19 Crisis and Federal Response

The economic crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic has been sharper and more dramatic than any we have experienced in our nation’s history....
Apr 23, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Webinar & Chartbook: Unpacking the Next Phase of COVID-19 Relief

The Senate earlier this week passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act – the fourth piece of legislation aimed...
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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 Social Security faces a precarious and worsening financial...
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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 President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget using its own assumptions to...
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 this year, and new initiatives are being proposed...
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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 a...
Feb 26, 2020 | Health Care

Primary Care: Estimating Democratic Candidates’ Health Plans

Senator Bernie Sanders released a new set of proposals to offset the cost of his health care plan this week. Based on these new proposals,...
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 spending...
Feb 10, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Analysis of the President’s FY 2021 Budget

The Trump Administration released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget proposal today, outlining the President’s tax and spending priorities over the...
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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, projecting the return of trillion-dollar deficits...
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, available here, which includes updated offsets...
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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 have...
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 Mike...
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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, available here, which includes an economic and...
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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":
Sep 19, 2019 | Social Security

Promoting Economic Growth through Social Security Reform

By Marc Goldwein, Maya MacGuineas, and Chris Towner Executive Summary As the population ages and an increasing share of Americans exit the...
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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 high...
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 trust...

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