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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 Steinberg | 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

Debt Limit 101

Everything you need to know about the federal debt limit.

By Harry Stein | Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Debt-Ceiling Crisis: Why It Matters to Millennials

article icon Issue Brief The debt-ceiling debate is the most important issue our government faces today, and the debate is particularly important for Millennials. This issue brief explains what it is, what needs to be done, and what this all means for young Americans.

By Gurwin Ahuja | Thursday, October 10, 2013

Infographic: What Makes Our Economy Grow?

This infographic compares the impacts of sequestration and immigration reform on economic growth.

By the CAP Immigration Team | Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Impact of the Government Shutdown on People of Color

Felicia Evans LongWe examine federal civilian employees who are being furloughed as a result of the government shutdown and what that means for employees of color.

By Farah Z. Ahmad | Thursday, October 10, 2013

What Should We Expect if the United States Defaults?

article icon Issue Brief Though the immediate effects of a U.S. default can be reasonably well predicted, the significant ripple effects cannot.

By Michael Madowitz | Thursday, October 10, 2013