The White House has released its mid-year budget projections, saying they confirm that President Obama’s fiscal plan would stabilize the deficit within a few years without short-changing
Iowa voters can play a critical role in encouraging the presidential candidates to explain how they would deal with the $18 trillion federal debt, according to a guest column this week in the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
“Voters deserve to hear more than empty promises and simplistic solutions,” write Sara Imhof and Kim Reem. Both are involved in First Budget, a joint initiative of The Concord Coalition and Fix the Debt.
Last year the IRS hung up 544,000 times on taxpayers because the agency could not deal with everyone who needed information -- a practice it bafflingly describes as “courtesy disconnects.
Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a mandatory change in the way Medicare will pay providers of hip and knee replacements. The change will bundle such payments so that one fee pays for the doctor, hospital, device and rehab that goes along with the replacement surgery, instead of through discrete payments under the current fee-for-service system.
This is the first instance of HHS using authority from the Affordable Care Act to scale up a new method of payment based on positive results from payment-reform experiments.
Last week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a new method of paying for health care services, using its authority under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to scale up p
The country needs a revitalized bipartisan discussion about the national debt and related fiscal challenges, according to Phil LaRue, a former senior advisor on Capitol Hill who recently joined The Concord Coalition as its director of government relations.
“The Congressional Budget Office's projections make clear that Democrats and Republicans must come together and take action to put our country on a sounder fiscal footing as soon as possible,” LaRue said. “If we do, we can pave the way to a brighter economic future for all of us.”
With less than three weeks until the Highway Trust Fund can no longer make payments to states, a bipartisan congressional group is trying to galvanize other lawmakers to find a solution t
Controversy over the Confederate flag has apparently stalled congressional work on spending plans for the coming fiscal year, raising concerns about the possibility of a government shutdo
In a good example of history repeating itself, Congress for the second year in a row is going down to the wire on a mid-summer deadline to replenish the Highway Trust Fund before it runs out of money.
If lawmakers can’t find a solution by July 31, states will not receive promised funding from the federal government to help pay for transportation projects, bringing many such projects around the country to an abrupt halt.