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Effective IRS Actions Can Help Cut Deficit

August 17, 2017

During budget negotiations in the coming weeks, Congress should ensure that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has sufficient funding to effectively enforce the tax laws and improve taxpayer assist

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Swift Bipartisan Action Needed on Health Care

August 01, 2017
With the Senate’s failure to pass health care legislation in last week’s votes, Congress should turn to a bipartisan approach. This is needed both to fix the serious, short-term problems with health care marketplaces around the country and to propel health care cost-control initiatives over the longer term.
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A Q&A on Trump's tax plan. Brace yourself

August 22, 2017
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Lawmakers Continue Work on Spending, Tax Plans

December 15, 2015

Congressional negotiators have indicated they are making substantial progress on deals that would cover spending plans for the rest of Fiscal 2016 and the extension of a number of tax breaks for businesses and individuals.

With the fiscal year already two and a half months old, the $1.1 trillion spending plan is long overdue. To avoid a government shutdown, lawmakers last week moved their self-imposed deadline for a deal to this Wednesday, and another delay is likely this week as lawmakers consider whatever legislative proposals emerge from the negotiations.

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Trump Sounds Conventional on the Budget

December 15, 2015

Donald Trump is often described as an “unconventional” candidate. On the federal budget, however, his campaign promises are entirely too conventional.

As Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby writes in a new blog post, some candidates deny the necessity of entitlement reform. Some want enormous tax cuts without offering credible proposals to prevent this from worsening the debt.