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Slash Retirement Benefits or Raise Taxes? The Choice Congress Won’t Face Up To

Seniors book_alt2 icon Report The federal government has made a commitment to providing retirees in this country with a specific level of support once they reach retirement age, but the cost of providing that support is beyond the revenues presently available to pay such costs.

By Scott Lilly | Wednesday, August 7, 2013

It’s Time to Hit the Reset Button on the Fiscal Debate

U.S. Capitol book_alt2 icon Report Over the past three years, both the underlying fiscal landscape and the broader economic context for the fiscal debate have shifted in very important ways, yet the debate has remained remarkably static.

By Michael Linden | Thursday, June 6, 2013

Government Funding Is Critical in Dealing with Severe Weather

This week we explore sequestration’s effects on the nation’s ability to prepare for and respond to natural disasters.

By Kwame Boadi | Monday, June 3, 2013

Sequestration Hurts All of Us, Not Just Our Most Vulnerable

Three months into sequestration, we take a look at how harmful the phased-in cuts have been.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Proposals to Bring Student-Loan Interest Rates Under Control

President Barack ObamaIn this column, we analyze and compare some of the major proposals currently on the table in Congress regarding student-loan interest rates.

By David A. Bergeron and Tobin Van Ostern | Thursday, May 23, 2013

Budget Cuts Endanger Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims

This year sequestration will cut more than $26 million from services that support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

By Kwame Boadi | Monday, May 20, 2013

Cutting Impact Aid Funding Harms Our Nation’s Schoolchildren

This week we explore sequestration’s effect on schoolchildren from military households and Native American reservations.

By Kwame Boadi | Monday, May 13, 2013

3 Ways Sequestration Is Taking a Toll on Struggling Americans

play_alt icon Video Congress recently sprang into action to save air travelers from flight delays brought on by sequestration. But for the millions of Americans who can’t afford to get on a plane, they have yet to repeal devastating cuts to important programs for struggling families, seniors, and children—leaving us all to wonder where our nation’s most vulnerable fit into Congress’s priorities.

By Lauren Santa Cruz and Erik Stegman | Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Our Future Economic Standing Is on the Line

This week we explore sequestration’s effect on the nation’s future innovation and economic competitiveness, as well as some of the other ways it is affecting communities around the country.

By Kwame Boadi | Monday, May 6, 2013

Congress Acts to Ease Sequestration’s Pain on Air Travelers

This week we explore sequestration’s inconvenience on the nation’s air travelers, as well as some of the other effects it is having around the country.

By Kwame Boadi | Monday, April 29, 2013

Whack-a-Mole Budgeting

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International AirportThe Federal Aviation Administration “fix” demonstrates how clueless Congress remains about the mischief it has created.

By Scott Lilly | Friday, April 26, 2013

K Street: Then and Now

Los Angeles International AirportAirlines for America CEO Nick Calio’s recent lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration demonstrates that lobbyists today aren’t as invested in the details as they used to be.

By Scott Lilly | Thursday, April 25, 2013

White House Budget Drives Pay for Success and Social Impact Bonds Forward

New proposals in the Obama administration’s budget will help promote an innovative method to changing the way government does business and will provide a new approach to financing social programs.

By Sonal Shah and Kristina Costa | Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Census Bureau Faces Danger from Budget Cuts and Ideological Grandstanding

Robert Groves article icon Issue Brief Attacking the U.S. Census Bureau today means that government and businesses will be less effective tomorrow.

By Kristina Costa | Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Pentagon Must Carry Its Weight

Obama fiscal year 2014 federal budgetIn its fiscal year 2014 defense budget request, the Obama administration holds the baseline defense budget steady at near historic highs.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman | Thursday, April 11, 2013