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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, Kate 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

Why One Simple Fix Would Dramatically Reduce the Sequester

article icon Issue Brief Congress always intended to replace the sequester with smarter deficit reduction—then they slashed deficits but still left the full sequester in place.

By Harry Stein | Tuesday, November 26, 2013

4 Ways Sequestration Gets Worse Next Year

play_alt icon Video Sequestration—the automatic across-the-board cuts that started earlier this year—are a disaster for the American people. Unless lawmakers act, it’s going to be even worse in 2014.

By Harry Stein | Thursday, November 21, 2013

How Sequestration Gets Worse in 2014

Potholes book_alt2 icon Report Sequestration is already a disaster for the American people. Four key factors will make it even worse next year.

By Harry Stein | Thursday, November 21, 2013

Why Congress Must Extend Emergency Unemployment Benefits

cursor icon Interactive Failing to expand emergency unemployment benefits would cut off millions of Americans from benefits and slow economic growth.

By Sarah Ayres | Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Big News in Old Data: Sharp Public Cuts Are Undermining the Recovery

The big news in today’s GDP report is the public sector’s rapidly shrinking economic contribution, which is driving not only trend U.S. economic growth lower but also our potential for future growth.

By Adam Hersh | Thursday, November 7, 2013

October 2013

article icon Issue Brief Congress must move past its partisan pettiness and enact policies to help the American economy.

By Christian E. Weller and Sam Ungar | Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Climate Change: An Unfunded Mandate

book_alt2 icon Report Congress is imposing a costly unfunded mandate on the American people by failing to enact policies to curb U.S. emissions of heat-trapping pollution.

By Fran Sussman, Cathleen Kelly, and Kate Gordon | Monday, October 28, 2013

Budget Conference Provides an Excellent Opportunity to Carefully Examine Rep. Ryan’s ‘Entitlement’ Proposals

Now is the time to find out how Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) “entitlement reforms” will impact the nation’s seniors.

By Scott Lilly | Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Replacing the Sequester

U.S. Capitol article icon Issue Brief With the manufactured crises behind us, it’s time to turn to the real fiscal task at hand, namely reversing damaging austerity policies and investing in growth.

By Michael Linden | Thursday, October 17, 2013

Congress Shouldn’t Raise the ‘Debt Limit’—It Should Repeal It

The debt limit has a long and sordid history, but it is quite different from the one described by Sen. Ted Cruz.

By Scott Lilly | Tuesday, October 15, 2013