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Appropriations Watch: FY 2018

Last updated 12/8/2017. The House (by a 235-193 vote) and Senate (by an 81-14 vote) passed a continuing resolution this week which funds...

December Legislation Could Bring Back Trillion-Dollar Deficits

Congress has a lot on its plate this holiday season. Sadly, they seem far more focused on legislation to increase our post-war record-high national...

Disaster Relief Deserves Offsets

For Immediate Release Last week, the Trump Administration requested $44 billion of disaster relief funding, on top of roughly $50 billion of...

Leon Panetta: Blowing Up the Debt is a Threat to America

Leon Panetta is a co-chair of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote an opinion piece for USA Today. It...

Leon Panetta and Other Former Defense Secretaries: Debt-Increasing Tax Bill Threatens National Security

Leon Panetta is a co-chair of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote a letter to Congressional leaders...

A Mini-Bargain to Improve the Budget: An Update

Note: This paper is an update from our August 2017 piece “A Mini-Bargain to Improve the Budget.” It adds a new section on how to pay for disaster...

Q&A: Everything You Should Know About Government Shutdowns

It’s déjà vu all over again, again – Congress seems to be waiting until the last minute to address several important fiscal priorities. One of the...

Are We Spending Billions of Dollars More on the Military?

During his speech detailing his new strategy for Afghanistan, President Trump said, "Under my administration, many billions of dollars more is being...

President Trump's Infrastructure Proposals, Explained

One of the key priorities for the White House has been infrastructure, with last week declared "infrastructure week" and President Trump unveiling...