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Shortchanging National Security

Current congressional appropriations threaten key defense and foreign policy programs to make a political point.

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Capped Out

article icon Issue Brief Unnecessary austerity in the federal budgeting process forces Congress to choose between paying for the nation’s largest college grant program or funding crucial domestic programs.

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Congress’ Tax Agenda: Businesses Before Working Families

The message from this week’s poverty data is clear: Congress needs to stop prioritizing tax benefits for businesses over those for low- and middle-income families.

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Appropriations Showdown on Climate Change

Some in Congress are using the annual appropriations process to attack President Obama’s climate change initiatives. For the sake of the country's future, these efforts must fail.

Investing in Millennials Through an Economy that Works for All

Rebecca D. Vallas, Director of Policy, Poverty to Prosperity Program, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget.

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Setting the Right Course in the Next Budget Agreement

book_alt2 icon Report Lawmakers must avoid sequestration for both defense and domestic programs, and new revenue is a necessary element of any associated deficit reduction.

Fixing Sequestration and Improving the Budget Process

Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, submitted testimony to the House Budget Committee for its hearing on the first principles of congressional budgeting.

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New Horizons Leads the Robotic Exploration of Earth’s Celestial Neighbors

This month, NASA’s New Horizons probe will become the first spacecraft to reach Pluto, helping the United States retain its lead in the exploration of our solar system.

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Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Misses an Opportunity for Reform

Senate highway authorization fails to make needed reforms to reduce congestion, improve overall system performance, or direct federal funds flow to projects that will provide the greatest return on investment.

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A Decade of Progress in Controlling Medicare Spending

New long-term Medicare spending projections from the Congressional Budget Office are dramatically lower than similar projections from 2005.

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Congress Makes Itself Dysfunctional with Legislative Branch Cuts

Cutting funding for the legislative branch makes Congress less competent and more reliant on special interests.

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Top 5 Worst Provisions in the House FY 2016 Transportation Appropriations Bill

The House transportation appropriations bill would roll back essential safety regulations and cut core infrastructure programs, harming America’s competitiveness and mobility.

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Patent Tax Dodge: Why the Patent Box Does Not Answer America’s Need for Tax Reform

Although it may reduce multinational corporations’ incentive to engage in profit shifting, the patent box acts more like a budget sieve than as true tax reform.

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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.

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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.

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