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Papers

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

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Budget Resolution Principles for Fiscal Year 2020

The congressional budget resolution should establish the nation’s priorities, the approach to financing them, and a plan to ensure the nation is on a...
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Feb 20, 2019 | Other Spending

Charting a Responsible Path for Discretionary Spending

With the government now fully funded for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, policymakers must begin the conversation over appropriate funding levels for next...
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Q&A: Everything You Should Know About Government Shutdowns

The fiscal year began on Oct. 1, 2018, and Congress has passed just five out of 12 appropriations bills setting discretionary spending levels....
Jan 28, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Analysis of CBO’s January 2019 Budget and Economic Outlook

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its Budget and Economic Outlook today, projecting high and rising deficits and debt over the next...
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Q&A: Everything You Should Know About Government Shutdowns

This paper has been updated here. The fiscal year began on Oct. 1, 2018, and Congress has passed just five out of 12 appropriations bills...
Dec 20, 2018 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas's Testimony on the Perils of Ignoring Debt

On December 20, 2018, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas testified before the House Financial Services Committee on...
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Dec 6, 2018 | Taxes

Joint Letter: End the Tax Extenders Once And For All

Below is a joint letter to Congressional leadership and the heads of the taxwriting committees that it is time to end the practice of enacting...
Nov 8, 2018

Highlights from 2018

We celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. To help propel us into this hectic and...
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Nov 2, 2018 | Budget Process

Memo to the JSC: Joint Select Committee Reform Options

With the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform (JSC) preparing for a likely mark-up during the week of November 12, we...
Nov 2, 2018 | Budget Process

Memo to the JSC: Including Debt Targets in the JSC’s Budget Process Reform Package

The statutory deadline for reporting legislation is moving ever closer, and public statements show a notable portion of the Members of the Joint...
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Oct 25, 2018 | Budgets & Projections

The 75-Year Budget Outlook

The federal budget is on an unsustainable long-term trajectory. With federal debt already high and rising, the country’s fiscal outlook in the medium...

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

This paper has been updated here. The fiscal year began on September 30, has only passed 5 of 12 appropriations bills setting spending levels. If...

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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