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Trust Fund Accounting Obscures Fiscal Problems of Social Security and Medicare

July 20, 2017
Every year the trustees of Social Security and Medicare issue detailed reports on the financial status of these programs. While the trustees’ reports consistently warn that both programs face serious shortfalls, the urgency of this warning is often undercut by undue attention to the years in which the Social Security trust funds and the Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund are projected to become insolvent.
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K Street Ups Pressure for Congress to Raise Debt Limit

July 17, 2017
CQ Roll Call
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Federal Budget

Lobbyist for financial services and business groups are putting more pressure on Congress to quickly raise the debt limit and fund the government “without drama,” according to a July 17 s

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Budget Woes Hurt Priorities Like Medical Research

February 02, 2016

In its spending bill for Fiscal 2016, Congress seemed to acknowledge that medical research had been cut too deeply for over a decade. The legislation will boost that funding in the coming months.

“But without reforms to address the basic structural problems in the federal budget, downward pressures on research and other important national priorities can be expected to continue,” warn Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby and Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America, in a Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed.