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Presidential Candidates Must Show More Fiscal Leadership

July 05, 2016

The federal deficit is rising. Social Security and Medicare need repairs, as does the tax code. Federal domestic investments are being squeezed and the nation’s debt is on an unsustainable course.

Yet so far the presidential candidates have not said much about these issues, according to Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby.

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Hopes Fade for Better Budgeting This Year

June 28, 2016

The congressional budget process has run into even more trouble, with partisan rancor over guns and a sit-down protest by Democrats leading the House last week to start its July 4 recess early -- despite the tight time schedule Congress already had to approve spending bills for Fiscal 2017.

Congress so far has failed to send the President any of the 12 spending bills needed for the coming fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1. The House and Senate have longer summer recesses scheduled this year because of the political conventions.

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Gun Debates Further Complicate Spending Legislation

June 21, 2016

With Congress already struggling to pass annual appropriations bills in a timely fashion this year, contentious gun debates sparked by last week’s mass shooting in Orlando have added further complications.

On Monday the Senate rejected four competing gun-related measures -- two from Democrats and two from Republicans -- that would have been attached to the Commerce/Justice/Science appropriations bill.