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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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$20 Trillion and Counting

January 10, 2017

As of Friday, September 8, the total debt of the United States government topped $20 trillion.

That eye-catching number should prompt all of us to reflect on what the growing debt means for future generations (a lot) and whether our elected officials have a plan to deal with it (they don’t).

Issue Brief

Three Fiscal Suggestions for Congress and President-elect Trump

President-elect Donald Trump and the new Congress have many challenges to tackle. Hovering over all of them is our nation’s unsustainable fiscal policy.

New proposals, whether on the spending or tax side of the budget, will not be credible if they rely on an infusion of ever-mounting debt.

The Concord Coalition offers three suggestions to guide policies in the coming months: