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View our recurring reports, which summarize and analyze the most important regular federal budget releases and reports.

Chartbook: Budgeting for the Next Generation

This chartbook corresponds to our project "Budgeting for the Next Generation"   
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Q&A: Everything You Should Know About Government Shutdowns

The fiscal year began on September 30, has only passed 5 of 12 appropriations bills setting spending levels. If lawmakers do not pass legislation to...

Budgeting for the Next Generation: Options to Improve Budgeting for Children

Children have less ability to meet their needs in the short term and more potential in the long term than other age groups, but federal policy does...
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Aug 16, 2018 | Other Spending

Budgeting for the Next Generation: Does the Budget Process Prioritize Children?

Compared to other age groups, children have higher levels of poverty, less ability to provide for themselves, and greater potential to support future...
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Aug 8, 2018 | Budgets & Projections

CBO’s Alternative Long-Term Budget Scenarios

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released alternative scenarios to its Long-Term Budget Outlook today. These scenarios show that if the recent...
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Jul 12, 2018 | Budgets & Projections

Letter to the Veterans Affairs Conference Committee

Below is a letter from CRFB President Maya MacGuineas to the conferees appointed to negotiate between the House and Senate versions of the Veterans...
Jul 12, 2018 | Budget Process

Leon Panetta's Testimony on Budget and Appropriations Process Reforms

On July 12, 2018, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Co-Chair Leon Panetta testified before the Joint Select Committee on Budget and...
Jun 27, 2018 | Budget Process

The Better Budget Process Initiative: Recommendations for the JSC

The Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform (JSC) has the opportunity to make important improvements to the budget process...
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Jun 26, 2018 | Budgets & Projections

CBO's 2018 Long-Term Budget Outlook

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its 2018 Long-Term Budget Outlook today, reiterating the budget’s unsustainable long-term trajectory....
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Jun 7, 2018 | Health Care

Analysis of the 2018 Medicare Trustees' Report

The Medicare Trustees have released their 2018 report on the financial status of Medicare. The report shows that Medicare spending will increase...
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Jun 7, 2018 | Other Spending

Budgeting for the Next Generation: How Do Kids Fare?

When it comes to fiscal policy, it is increasingly clear that children are not a high priority. Recent tax cuts and spending increases have burdened...
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Jun 5, 2018 | Social Security

Analysis of the 2018 Social Security Trustees’ Report

The Trustees for Social Security released their annual report today. As they have for many years, their projections show that the Social Security...
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May 30, 2018 | Budget Process

Appropriations 101

What are appropriations? Appropriations are annual decisions made by Congress about how the federal government spends some of its money. In general...
May 30, 2018 | Economics

Can America Sustain the Recent Economic Boost?

Key Takeaways: The good news is that the economy is doing well; however, this is unlikely to turn into sustained growth at the same rate. Short-...
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May 24, 2018 | Budgets & Projections

CBO’s Analysis of the President’s FY 2019 Budget

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its estimate of the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget using its own assumptions to evaluate the...
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May 24, 2018 | Budget Process

Maya MacGuineas's Testimony on Budget Resolution Reforms

On May 24, 2018, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas testified before the Joint Select Committee on Budget and...
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May 16, 2018 | Health Care

American Health Care: Health Spending and the Federal Budget

The United States spends more on health care than any other country in the world, and a large share of that spending comes from the federal...
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May 10, 2018 | Budget Process

Chartbook: Playing By the (Budget) Rules

Below is a Chartbook that corresponds to the paper "Playing By the (Budget) Rules: Understanding and Preventing Budget Gimmicks"  
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Apr 30, 2018 | Budgets & Projections

Chartbook: America's Budget Outlook

Below is a chartbook on America's deteriorating budget outlook.   Update (5/15/18): We clarified the footnote on slide 9 to more clearly...
Apr 12, 2018 | Budget Process

Letter to Members of Congress on Statutory Budget Deadline

The statutory deadline for a budget is April 15 and no budget is in sight. Instead, members of the House of Representatives are voting on a balanced...

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