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Flood of New Data Should Be a Wakeup Call to Policymakers

U.S. Capitol BuildingIn one day, we learned that poverty is still elevated, inequality is near record highs, and middle-class incomes continue to stagnate, even as our long-term debt trajectory is dramatically improved. These data should finally put an end to calls for more damaging austerity.

by Kitty Richards and Michael Linden | Thursday, September 19, 2013

Why We Must Reset the Fiscal Debate: 15 Charts

bars icon Charts Our budget and economy have changed, but demands for austerity in the fiscal debate haven’t. These 15 charts show why they should.

by Michael Linden and Harry Stein | Thursday, September 19, 2013

4 Ways that Austerity Demands Have Reached New Extremes

Paul Ryan article icon Issue Brief Senate Democrats are accepting spending levels equivalent to previous House Republican budgets, yet House Republican leaders are insisting on new, deeper spending cuts in exchange for preventing a government shutdown.

by Harry Stein | Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Dirty Truth About Boehner’s ‘Clean’ Continuing Resolution

House Speaker John Boehner article icon Issue Brief Speaker Boehner’s proposed stopgap funding measure would have Congress embrace another round of spending cuts, while signaling a willingness to increase funding for defense only.

by Neera Tanden and Michael Linden | Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Choice Congress Won’t Face Up To

When you slice through all the heated rhetoric, the budgetary choices we face may be painful, but they are actually much simpler to make than the debate would suggest.

by Scott Lilly | Monday, August 19, 2013

Slash Retirement Benefits or Raise Taxes? The Choice Congress Won’t Face Up To

Seniors book_alt2 icon Report The federal government has made a commitment to providing retirees in this country with a specific level of support once they reach retirement age, but the cost of providing that support is beyond the revenues presently available to pay such costs.

by Scott Lilly | Wednesday, August 7, 2013

It’s Time to Hit the Reset Button on the Fiscal Debate

U.S. Capitol book_alt2 icon Report Over the past three years, both the underlying fiscal landscape and the broader economic context for the fiscal debate have shifted in very important ways, yet the debate has remained remarkably static.

by Michael Linden | Thursday, June 6, 2013

Government Funding Is Critical in Dealing with Severe Weather

This week we explore sequestration’s effects on the nation’s ability to prepare for and respond to natural disasters.

by Kwame Boadi | Monday, June 3, 2013

Sequestration Hurts All of Us, Not Just Our Most Vulnerable

Three months into sequestration, we take a look at how harmful the phased-in cuts have been.

by Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Proposals to Bring Student-Loan Interest Rates Under Control

President Barack ObamaIn this column, we analyze and compare some of the major proposals currently on the table in Congress regarding student-loan interest rates.

by David A. Bergeron and Tobin Van Ostern | Thursday, May 23, 2013

Budget Cuts Endanger Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims

This year sequestration will cut more than $26 million from services that support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

by Kwame Boadi | Monday, May 20, 2013

Cutting Impact Aid Funding Harms Our Nation’s Schoolchildren

This week we explore sequestration’s effect on schoolchildren from military households and Native American reservations.

by Kwame Boadi | Monday, May 13, 2013

3 Ways Sequestration Is Taking a Toll on Struggling Americans

play_alt icon Video Congress recently sprang into action to save air travelers from flight delays brought on by sequestration. But for the millions of Americans who can’t afford to get on a plane, they have yet to repeal devastating cuts to important programs for struggling families, seniors, and children—leaving us all to wonder where our nation’s most vulnerable fit into Congress’s priorities.

by Lauren Santa Cruz and Erik Stegman | Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Our Future Economic Standing Is on the Line

This week we explore sequestration’s effect on the nation’s future innovation and economic competitiveness, as well as some of the other ways it is affecting communities around the country.

by Kwame Boadi | Monday, May 6, 2013

Congress Acts to Ease Sequestration’s Pain on Air Travelers

This week we explore sequestration’s inconvenience on the nation’s air travelers, as well as some of the other effects it is having around the country.

by Kwame Boadi | Monday, April 29, 2013