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The Ryan Budget Is a Broken Record of Failed Trickle-Down Economics

Rep. Paul RyanThis year’s Ryan budget once again slashes middle-class investments and the social safety net in order to continue giving tax breaks to millionaires, corporations, and Big Oil.

By Anna Chu and Harry Stein | Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Safety Net Is Good Economic Policy

Paul Ryan article icon Issue Brief Economic research shows that the safety net reduces poverty and boosts mobility.

By Sarah Ayres Steinberg | Monday, March 31, 2014

The Fiscal Debate in Context

The current spending cap is a compromise of a compromise for progressives.

By Harry Stein | Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Improving the Earned Income Tax Credit to Better Serve Childless Adults

article icon Issue Brief President Obama’s new proposal to reform the Earned Income Tax Credit is a step in the right direction.

By Katie Wright | Friday, March 7, 2014

President Obama’s Budget Resets the Fiscal Debate

FY2015The president’s fiscal year 2015 budget focuses on growing the economy and pivots away from austerity.

By Harry Stein | Tuesday, March 4, 2014

How Will Immigration Reform Impact the Medicare Trust Fund?

Immigration activists article icon Issue Brief Immigration reform that provides legal status and earned citizenship to undocumented immigrants would extend the solvency of the Medicare trust fund by four years and provide a net contribution to the trust fund for the next three decades.

By Patrick Oakford and Robert Lynch | Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Economic Budget Outlook for Individuals, Families, and Communities

Neera TandenCAP President Neera Tanden testifies before the Senate Budget Committee.

By Neera Tanden | Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Step in the Right Direction on Retirement

RetireesPresident Barack Obama’s MyRA plan is a start, but Congress should do more.

By Joe Valenti and David Madland | Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Omnibus Spending Bill Reveals the Economic Consequences of the Murray-Ryan Budget Deal

While a step in the right direction, the omnibus spending bill is also a reminder of how much our fiscal policy needs to improve to get the economy moving.

By Harry Stein | Friday, January 17, 2014

Coming Together on Behalf of Unemployed Americans

Kaine and Levin walk to Senate unemployment test voteIncome inequality seems set to become the hot-button issue of the new year, as politicians and citizens alike turn their attention to the unemployed.

By Sam Fulwood III | Tuesday, January 7, 2014

For the Pentagon, Diminished Sequester Still Looms Under Congressional Budget Deal

F-35B fighter jetThe Murray-Ryan budget deal does not eliminate the challenges DOD faces from sequestration but does provide an opportunity to responsibly reduce defense spending.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Katherine Blakeley, and Max Hoffman | Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Budget Agreement Is an Imperfect but Good First Step Toward Growing the Economy

Murray/Ryan dealAlthough some unfortunate concessions had to be made to appease conservatives, the Murray-Ryan budget deal is a net-positive step for the United States.

By Harry Stein and Michael Linden | Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Not at All Conservative

Speaker BoehnerThe deep divide between House Republicans over the fiscal year 2014 budget is between two political philosophies that have little in common.

By Scott Lilly | Wednesday, December 4, 2013

November 2013

article icon Issue Brief Economic data show that Congress’s fiscal brinksmanship is keeping businesses from investing in America and consequently holding back overall growth.

By Christian E. Weller and Sam Ungar | Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sequestering Opportunity for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Furloughed Crow Tribe employeesThe latest poverty numbers highlight the dramatically negative effects that federal funding cuts are having on the AI/AN population.

By Erik Stegman and Amber Ebarb | Tuesday, November 26, 2013