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Keith Hall Named as New CBO Director

March 03, 2015

Keith Hall, who served as chief economist for President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers, will become director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) April 1.

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Hearing Draws Attention to Social Security Shortfall

March 03, 2015

A hearing by the House Ways and Means Social Security subcommittee last week drew attention to the impending insolvency of the Disability Insurance (DI) trust fund in 2016. While there were some disagreements, there was also a clear bipartisan consensus that something must be done to shore up the finances of Social Security.

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House Tax Bills Would Raise Deficits

February 17, 2015

Ignoring Senate doubts and presidential veto threats, the House last week moved forward with legislation to permanently extend various tax breaks that would otherwise expire.

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Struggles Continue on Homeland Security Funding

February 10, 2015

Well into the fifth month of the fiscal year, the stand-off over 2015 funding for Homeland Security continues to highlight partisan divides.

Senate Republicans failed repeatedly last week to persuade any Democrats to join them in moving a spending bill forward that would undermine President Obama’s immigration policies. Stop-gap funding for Homeland Security is set to expire Feb. 27.

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Social Security Needs More Than a Quick Fix

February 10, 2015

Shaun Donovan, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), last week defended the administration's proposal to reallocate the Social Security payroll as a simple step “that’s b