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View our recurring reports, which summarize and analyze the most important regular federal budget releases and reports.
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Oct 31, 2017 | Taxes

Five Gimmicks That May Hide the True Costs of Tax Reform

The budget resolution recently passed by Congress sets the stage for fast-track tax reform legislation (a process known as reconciliation) that...
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Oct 18, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

The FY 2018 Senate Budget and Budget Gimmicks

Note: An amendment was adopted during floor consideration that affects budget gimmicks in the House of Representatives. You can read more on that...
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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...
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Oct 4, 2017 | Taxes

Tax Cuts Don't Pay For Themselves

While policymakers are gearing up to address tax reform this fall, some have advocated for abandoning true reform and instead focusing solely on tax...
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Sep 11, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Q&A: Gross Debt Versus Debt Held by the Public

On September 8, the federal government's gross debt exceeded $20 trillion for the first time. This mark serves as an important reminder of the nation...
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Q&A: Everything You Should Know About Government Shutdowns

We have updated this document. The most recent version is available here. It’s déjà vu all over again, again – Congress seems to be waiting until...
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Sep 5, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Q&A: Everything You Should Know About the Debt Ceiling

This Q&A has been updated. See here for the latest version. One issue that must be addressed this month is the federal debt...
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Aug 30, 2017 | Taxes

Tax Reform Should Not Add to the Debt – Here's 5 Reasons Why

As lawmakers return from recess and move onto the fall's agenda, tax reform remains the top priority for both Congress and the Administration. The...
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Aug 10, 2017 | Budget Process

Updated Appropriations 101

Note: We have updated this paper, please see the latest Appropriations 101. What are appropriations? Appropriations are annual decisions made...
Aug 9, 2017 | Budget Process

Letter to Chairman Enzi Encouraging A Current Law Baseline

Below is a letter from CRFB to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) encouraging the committee to use a current law baseline. We...

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