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Appropriations Showdown on Climate Change

Wet weather Capitol HillSome 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.

by Greg Dotson | Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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.

by Rebecca Vallas | Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Setting the Right Course in the Next Budget Agreement

Officials walk into the mudslide debris field in Washington state. 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.

by Harry Stein | Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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.

by Carmel Martin | Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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

Central Park Apollo moon landingThis 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.

by Peter Juul | Monday, July 6, 2015

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Misses an Opportunity for Reform

Morning rush hourSenate 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.

by Kevin DeGood | Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Decade of Progress in Controlling Medicare Spending

$100 billNew long-term Medicare spending projections from the Congressional Budget Office are dramatically lower than similar projections from 2005.

by Harry Stein | Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Congress Makes Itself Dysfunctional with Legislative Branch Cuts

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

by Harry Stein and Ethan Gurwitz | Monday, June 15, 2015

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

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

by Kevin DeGood | Friday, June 12, 2015

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

U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeAlthough 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.

by Alexandra Thornton | Monday, June 1, 2015

Does Washington Have a Spending Problem or a Revenue Problem?

capitiol domeFederal spending has fallen well below the levels that the Bowles-Simpson commission recommended, but revenues have fallen as well.

by Harry Stein and Lauren Shapiro | Thursday, May 7, 2015

Proposed Congressional Cuts to Nutrition Assistance Would Cost Jobs

EBT Card StoreHouse Republicans are proposing a massive tax giveaway to millionaire estates while cutting nutrition assistance that would cost the economy hundreds of thousands of jobs.

by Melissa Boteach | Monday, April 13, 2015

How Congress Is Supporting Inequality in Its FY 2016 Budget Proposals

capitol domeSome congressional leaders are still advancing policies that threaten to exclude low-income families and people of color from the social safety net.

by Jamal Hagler | Monday, March 30, 2015

Congressional Republican Leaders Claim to Support the Middle Class, but Their Budgets Only Work for the Wealthy Few

Tom Price House Republican budgetCongressional 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.

by Harry Stein and Anna Chu | Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Testing Congressional Republicans’ Sincerity About Tackling Inequality

husband and wifeHouse and Senate budgets will be a test of how serious majority leaders are about boosting opportunity and expanding the middle class.

by Melissa Boteach, Rebecca Vallas, Anna Chu | Thursday, March 12, 2015