Does Washington Have a Spending Problem or a Revenue Problem?
Federal spending has fallen well below the levels that the Bowles-Simpson commission recommended, but revenues have fallen as well.
Proposed Congressional Cuts to Nutrition Assistance Would Cost Jobs
House Republicans are proposing a massive tax giveaway to millionaire estates while cutting nutrition assistance that would cost the economy hundreds of thousands of jobs.
How Congress Is Supporting Inequality in Its FY 2016 Budget Proposals
Some congressional leaders are still advancing policies that threaten to exclude low-income families and people of color from the social safety net.
Congressional Republican Leaders Claim to Support the Middle Class, but Their Budgets Only Work for the Wealthy Few
Congressional leaders are trying to improve how they talk about inequality, stagnant wages, and middle-class economic insecurity, but their budgets still only advance the interests of those at the very top.
Testing Congressional Republicans’ Sincerity About Tackling Inequality
House and Senate budgets will be a test of how serious majority leaders are about boosting opportunity and expanding the middle class.
Budget Impact: Reducing Exposure to the Risks Posed by Climate Change Saves Money and Lives
If Republican leaders in Congress are serious about fiscal responsibility, their 2016 federal budget proposal will include funds to cut carbon pollution and strengthen the nation’s resilience to climate change.
The Tortured Logic of the Heritage Foundation on Public Transportation
In a never-ending quest to shrink government, conservatives continue to advance specious arguments that are harmful to federal funding for public transportation.
What Would It Cost to Deport All 5 Million Beneficiaries of Executive Action on Immigration?
Charts Attempting to deport all 5 million people who would benefit from the president’s November 20, 2014, directives on immigration would cost more than $50 billion.
Economic and Fiscal Debates Must Distinguish Between the Short Term and Long Term
Failing to distinguish short term from long term often confuses the federal budget debate, as was the case in a recent article about a Center for American Progress report co-authored by Antonio Weiss.
Congress Needs to Get Its Priorities Straight on the Tax Extenders
The early reports of a possible deal on tax extenders show how Congress has abandoned the concepts of fairness and efficiency.
How Shortsighted Spending Cuts Increase Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
Issue Brief Austerity is so out of hand that there are opportunities to reverse some of the most shortsighted and damaging cuts while at the same time reducing deficits.
Infographic: The Land and Water Conservation Fund—How America’s Best Parks Program Works
September 3 marks 50 years of success for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Without action by Congress, however, the fund will expire in 2015 and America will lose its best parks program.
Closing the Science Gap
Issue Brief Despite bipartisan agreement to double funding for basic research, Congress has not followed up with the appropriations necessary to meet this goal.
Rep. Ryan’s New Poverty Plan Is Not the Answer to the Pope’s Prayers
Rep. Ryan needs to look toward Pope Francis’s teachings and the true state of poverty in America in order to effectively address the nation’s poverty crisis.
Rebounding Growth Allays Fears, But Shadows Still Loom Over the Economy
The U.S. economy’s continued failure to grow inclusively along with unnecessary public spending cuts are weighing on the recovery.