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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What Would It Cost to Deport All 5 Million Beneficiaries of Executive Action on Immigration?

bars icon 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.

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