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An Infrastructure Plan for America

book_alt2 icon Report At each stage of our national development, the federal government has made major investments in infrastructure to accommodate future population growth and facilitate economic prosperity. The time has come once again to make sustained investments across sectors to ensure the United States is poised to thrive in the 21st century.

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Congress Must Pass PROMESA to Prevent Crisis in Puerto Rico

Protecting the health and livelihoods of Puerto Ricans requires immediate action.

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House Budget Cuts Would Weaken the Economy for Future Generations

article icon Issue Brief Economic research shows how cutting health care, environmental, and nutrition programs means unhealthy children today and a less productive workforce tomorrow.

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Yes, America Can Afford to Dramatically Reduce Poverty and Increase Opportunity

article icon Issue Brief Poverty in America is not inevitable. Simply by making different budgetary choices, policymakers could greatly reduce poverty and boost opportunity.

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A Blueprint for Cutting Poverty and Expanding Opportunity in America

House Republicans must embrace these policies if they are serious about tackling poverty and paving pathways to the middle class.

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The Obama Health Care Legacy: More Coverage and Less Spending

Major federal health programs now cover millions more Americans while costing less than was expected in earlier estimates that did not include the Affordable Care Act.

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How the House Budget Sides with the Wealthy Over Everyone Else—Even Republican Voters

The House budget makes choices that are terrible for working families but popular with wealthy Republican donors. These priorities are out of touch with the American people and a majority of Republican voters.

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Financial Rollbacks Would Leave Coal in Consumers’ Stockings

Congress should not use a budget deal to roll back financial reforms that protect consumers and the broader economy.

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Budget Fights Threaten the Most Vulnerable Millennial Families

Congress must pass an appropriations package by December 11 or risk a government shutdown. A deal that works for Millennials must provide access for students, opportunity for workers, and support for families.

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Congress Must Adopt Changes to the Guantanamo Provisions of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act

Resolution of budget issues are not enough to ensure passage of the 2016 NDAA after President Obama’s veto.

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Congress Passed a Budget Deal. Now What?

The bipartisan budget agreement delivers economic stability and a respite from unnecessary fiscal crises, but lawmakers still must address several lingering issues.

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Shortsighted Cuts to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Inhibit Meaningful Policy

Over the past five years, the inflation-adjusted budget for the government’s principal data collection agency has seen dramatic and shortsighted cuts. This is unacceptable.

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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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