Senate Finance committee members harshly criticized an effort to test new ways to pay for certain drugs in Medicare Part B, showing how difficult it is to reform the federal government’s
Senators last week continued to struggle with Fiscal 2017 spending bills, with heated disputes over gun control measures, Planned Parenthood and funding levels to fight the Zika virus thr
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.
House Republicans produced a white paper last week that provides some information on the types of health care policies they would pursue after passing legislation to repeal the Affordable
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.
The 2016 reports from the Social Security and Medicare trustees confirm again that these critical programs are on unsustainable paths and will put increasing pressure on the rest of the f
A new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) lists numerous options for extending the solvency of the Social Security Disability Insurance trust fund, including raising payroll
House lawmakers approved defense appropriations legislation last week that would use a war-funding gimmick to circumvent spending limits that were agreed to just last fall.
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.
Federal budget debates often feature large numbers without any context. This can leave the public confused, write Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) and Robert L. Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, in a recent op-ed for The Hill.
“The key to making sense of our nation’s fiscal problems is to look at ratios and trends, not just raw numbers,” they write. “And the ratio that makes the most sense is how any particular number compares to the size of the economy.”
The national debt provides a good example.