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

Apr 13, 2021 | Other Spending

Alexander Holt's Senate Testimony on Student Debt's Burden on Borrowers and the Economy

On April 13, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget policy analyst Alexander Holt is testifying at the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Economic...
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Apr 9, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

President Biden's FY 2022 Discretionary Budget

Today, the Biden Administration released an abridged version of the...
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Mar 25, 2021 | Taxes

Maya MacGuineas's Senate Testimony on Taxation of Corporations and the Wealthy

On March 25, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas testified before the Senate Budget Committee on "Ending a Rigged...
Mar 22, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

The Case for Trust Fund Solutions

Some of the nation’s most important government programs are financed with dedicated revenue sources using federal trust funds. Four of those...
Mar 10, 2021 | Other Spending

How High Are Federal Interest Payments?

This year, the federal government will spend $300 billion on interest payments on the national debt. This is the...
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Mar 4, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

Analysis of CBO's March 2021 Long-Term Budget Outlook

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its March 2021 Long-Term Budget Outlook, confirming that the federal budget is on an...
Feb 23, 2021 | Health Care

Capping Hospital Prices

High hospital prices are a leading driver of high and rising costs in the U.S. health care system, resulting in insurance premium growth that...
Feb 23, 2021 | Health Care

Reducing Medicare Advantage Overpayments

The Medicare Advantage (MA) program, which allows Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in federally-funded private health insurance plans, is an...
Feb 23, 2021 | Health Care

Equalizing Medicare Payments Regardless of Site-of-Care

Currently, the Medicare program pays higher rates for medical services performed in hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) than it pays for the...
Feb 11, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

Analysis of CBO's February 2021 Budget and Economic Outlook

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its February 2021 Budget and Economic Outlook, confirming that, despite improvements as a...
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Jan 22, 2021 | Budget Process

Reconciliation 101

Reconciliation is a special legislative process created as part of the Budget Act of 1974. It is intended to help lawmakers make the tax and...
Oct 29, 2020 | Other Spending

The Cost of the Trump and Biden COVID Response Plans

The COVID pandemic has caused considerable economic damage and human suffering. Policymakers responded aggressively this spring to address the...
Oct 7, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

The Cost of the Trump and Biden Campaign Plans

Whoever is inaugurated on January 20, 2021, will face many fiscal challenges over his term. Under current law, trillion-dollar annual budget deficits...
Oct 6, 2020 | Economics

Comparing Fiscal Multipliers

The United States is currently facing one of its worst economic and public health crises as a result of COVID-19. Though substantial COVID relief...
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Sep 21, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Analysis of CBO's 2020 Long-Term Budget Outlook

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its 2020 Long-Term Budget Outlook,...
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Sep 17, 2020 | Budget Process

Better Budget Process Initiative: Automatic CRs Can Improve the Appropriations Process

A government shutdown could occur at the end of this month. This year’s ...
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Q&A: Everything You Should Know About Government Shutdowns

The new fiscal year (FY) will begin on October 1, 2020, and Congress has so far enacted none of the 12 appropriations bills setting discretionary...
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Sep 9, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Comparing President Trump’s Record to His 2016 Agenda

During the 2016 campaign, US Budget Watch estimated that then-candidate Donald Trump’s proposed agenda would add $4.6 trillion to budget deficits...
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Sep 2, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Analysis of CBO’s September 2020 Budget Outlook

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its updated budget outlook – the first to incorporate the effects of the COVID-19...
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Aug 31, 2020 | Health Care

Understanding Joe Biden's 2020 Health Care Plan

Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden has proposed a significant agenda to address health care coverage and costs. He...

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