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Expertise: Federal budget, the appropriations process, tax policy, national security, tax reform

Harry Stein is the Director of Fiscal Policy at American Progress. His work focuses on the tax and spending choices within the federal budget, and he has written extensively about topics including appropriations, tax expenditures, and the budget outlook. Prior to joining the Center, he worked as a legislative assistant to Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI). His portfolio included the federal budget, tax policy, and national security, including Sen. Kohl’s work on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. In that position, Stein spearheaded successful efforts to permanently extend the tax credit for employer-provided child care and to compensate troops who had been wrongfully denied benefits that they earned in connection with overseas deployments.

Stein has appeared on radio and television stations including MSNBC, CNBC, and BBC World Service, and he has published opinion pieces in outlets such as Reuters, The Guardian, and Roll Call. His work has been cited by publications including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker, and he has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Politico, and many other major news sources.

Stein is an experienced tax professional and volunteers his time to prepare tax returns for low-income clients through the DC Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

By Harry Stein
How elites profit from the myth of American bankruptcyMarketWatchFebruary 24, 2017
America Can Still Do Big Things: Dispelling the Fiscal Hysteria that Thwarts Good Public PolicyHarvard Law & Policy ReviewFebruary 23, 2017
Why the Emerging Bill to Repeal the Affordable Care Act Will FailCenter for American ProgressFebruary 23, 2017
Trump’s hiring freeze breaks faith with America’s veteransThe HillJanuary 27, 2017
Congress Is Opening the Door to ‘Alternative Facts’ in Budget PolicyCenter for American ProgressJanuary 25, 2017
How Tom Price Can Help Donald Trump Cut Social Security, Medicare, and MedicaidCenter for American ProgressDecember 7, 2016
Budgeting for Public Investments and Economic GrowthCenter for American ProgressSeptember 14, 2016
The Medicare Cost Curve Bent During the Obama AdministrationCenter for American ProgressAugust 9, 2016
How Rainy Day Funds Can Support Progressive Budgets to Grow State EconomiesCenter for American ProgressAugust 3, 2016
Setting and Achieving Responsible Fiscal GoalsHouse Budget CommitteeJune 15, 2016
3 Ways to Tell Someone Is Serious About Evidence-Based PolicyCenter for American ProgressJune 6, 2016
House Budget Cuts Would Weaken the Economy for Future GenerationsCenter for American ProgressApril 14, 2016
The Obama Health Care Legacy: More Coverage and Less SpendingCenter for American ProgressMarch 25, 2016
How the House Budget Sides with the Wealthy Over Everyone Else—Even Republican VotersCenter for American ProgressMarch 15, 2016
Businesses should pay their fair share after tax reformMarketWatchMarch 2, 2016
Expand National Service to Keep Workers Engaged During Tough Economic TimesSpotlight on Poverty and OpportunityFebruary 23, 2016
Expand National Service to Re-engage UnemployedMorning ConsultJanuary 22, 2016
Expanding National Service to Address Long-Term UnemploymentCenter for American ProgressJanuary 14, 2016
Congress Passed a Budget Deal. Now What?Center for American ProgressNovember 2, 2015
Who Wins and Who Loses?Center for American ProgressOctober 22, 2015
Evidence comes under attackPoliticoSeptember 11, 2015
Setting the Right Course in the Next Budget AgreementCenter for American ProgressSeptember 8, 2015
Rewarding Tax-Time Savings Through Existing LawCenter for American ProgressAugust 6, 2015
A Decade of Progress in Controlling Medicare SpendingCenter for American ProgressJune 17, 2015
Congress Makes Itself Dysfunctional with Legislative Branch CutsCenter for American ProgressJune 15, 2015
Laying the Foundation for Inclusive ProsperityPeter G. Peterson FoundationMay 19, 2015
Does Washington Have a Spending Problem or a Revenue Problem?Center for American ProgressMay 7, 2015
Congressional Republican Leaders Claim to Support the Middle Class, but Their Budgets Only Work for the Wealthy FewCenter for American ProgressMarch 18, 2015
Economic and Fiscal Debates Must Distinguish Between the Short Term and Long TermCenter for American ProgressJanuary 6, 2015
Congress Needs to Get Its Priorities Straight on the Tax ExtendersCenter for American ProgressDecember 4, 2014
How Shortsighted Spending Cuts Increase Waste, Fraud, and AbuseCenter for American ProgressOctober 1, 2014
The emerging consensus on how to improve the tax codeThe HillSeptember 26, 2014
The Growing Consensus to Improve Our Tax CodeCenter for American ProgressSeptember 23, 2014
Corporate Profits and TaxesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 15, 2014
Closing the Science GapCenter for American ProgressSeptember 2, 2014
The New Budget Outlook Shows that Austerity Makes No SenseCenter for American ProgressJuly 15, 2014
How the Government Subsidizes Wealth InequalityCenter for American ProgressJune 25, 2014
Pfizer’s Tax-Dodging Bid for AstraZeneca Shows Need to Tighten U.S. Tax RulesCenter for American ProgressMay 13, 2014
Repatriation Tax Holiday Is Not a Fix for Highway Trust Fund InsolvencyRoll CallMay 6, 2014
How the Ryan Budget Fails Our Economy by Failing EconomicsCenter for American ProgressApril 9, 2014
The Ryan Budget Is a Broken Record of Failed Trickle-Down EconomicsCenter for American ProgressApril 1, 2014
Congress Should Reassess the Importance of Two Corporate Tax BreaksCenter for American ProgressMarch 26, 2014
The Fiscal Debate in ContextCenter for American ProgressMarch 12, 2014
President Obama’s Budget Resets the Fiscal DebateCenter for American ProgressMarch 4, 2014
The Omnibus Spending Bill Reveals the Economic Consequences of the Murray-Ryan Budget DealCenter for American ProgressJanuary 17, 2014
The Budget Agreement Is an Imperfect but Good First Step Toward Growing the EconomyCenter for American ProgressDecember 11, 2013
Why One Simple Fix Would Dramatically Reduce the SequesterCenter for American ProgressNovember 26, 2013
4 Ways Sequestration Gets Worse Next YearCenter for American ProgressNovember 21, 2013
How Sequestration Gets Worse in 2014Center for American ProgressNovember 21, 2013
Debt Limit 101Center for American ProgressOctober 15, 2013
The Senate Continuing Resolution Is Already a CompromiseCenter for American ProgressSeptember 30, 2013
Progressives Just Made a Huge Concession to Keep the Government Open, but the Tea Party Might Shut It Down AnywayCenter for American ProgressSeptember 27, 2013
Why We Must Reset the Fiscal Debate: 15 ChartsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 19, 2013
4 Ways that Austerity Demands Have Reached New ExtremesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 17, 2013
Why Austerity Fails When the Cuts Get SpecificCenter for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2013