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The Debate Over Earmarks

January 17, 2018

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are debating whether to revive the practice of earmarks after President Trump expressed support for reversing a ban that has been in place since 2011.

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Are You Up to the Budget Challenge?

October 11, 2017
Last month the U.S. national debt surpassed $20 trillion for the first time in history. It is clear that our nation’s fiscal path is unsustainable. Unfortunately, in Washington our elected officials are kicking the can down the road and avoiding the tradeoffs required to reduce projected deficits that will add to the debt. Our online budget exercise, The Federal Budget Challenge, will give you the chance to step up and try your hand at putting the nation on a better fiscal path.
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Expressions of Concern About the Deficit Are Not Always What They Seem

October 05, 2017
Almost every politician at the national level has expressed concern at one point or another about the federal government’s budget deficits. But one clear takeaway from the past 25 years is that these concerns are often situational and quickly abandoned as soon as they become politically inconvenient.