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Signs of Fiscal Life on Capitol Hill

August 02, 2016

In the midst of a “bleak” time for the nation’s long-term finances, Phil LaRue, The Concord Coalition’s director of government relations, recently noted three small signs of fiscal life in Washington.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Social Security and Medicare trustees continue to point out the dangerous consequences of continued failure to put federal finances on a sustainable path. But some lawmakers and candidates are promising large new tax cuts or benefit increases without considering their costs, LaRue writes in a blog post.

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Three Signs of Fiscal Life in Washington

July 21, 2016

The overall budget picture in Washington remains bleak as lawmakers have left town without making any meaningful progress on the appropriations process. They are now anticipating a September scramble to approve a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government open after the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. This means Congress, yet again, would be falling back on legislation that indiscriminately maintains the funding levels of the previous year, with little or no attention to the necessity of increased or decreased funding levels for important programs. 

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National Security Requires Carefully Setting Priorities

July 13, 2016

The United States faces an ever-changing landscape of national security challenges, from ISIS violence to concerns about recent Russian and Chinese actions.

Such challenges call for “long-term defense planning, the careful setting of priorities, and new policies to replace old ones that are no longer appropriate – no matter how politically difficult some of that may be,” says Chase Hagaman, New England regional director for The Concord Coalition.