CRFB Releases and Events

CRFB Reacts to the President's FY 2012 Budget

In response to this morning's release of the President's FY 2012 budget, CRFB has published its initial reaction to the President's proposal. We outline some of the positive and negative aspects of the budget, and note where it could have gone further. According to CRFB president Maya MacGuineas:

Q&A with CRFB's Marc Goldwein at 12:30pm Today!

With the release of the President's FY 2012 budget proposal earlier today, the Washington Post is hosting an online Q&A session on the issue with CRFB's very own Policy Director, Marc Goldwein. It will be taking place at 12:30pm today -- be sure to ask questions!

Click here to join the discussion!

CRFB To Live Tweet State of the Union Address

Beginning at 9pm, President Obama will address the nation in second annual State of the Union address to Congress and the American public.

CRFB will be live tweeting the event on Twitter (@Budgethawks), providing insight into any statements on spending, revenues, deficits, and debt. We hope there will be many.

Also, be sure to check back to CRFB after the address as we will be posting a brief release on our take on the speech.

What We'd Like to See in the President's Budget

While all eyes (for now) are on the President's State of the Union address tomorrow night, the true test of President Obama's fiscal priorities will come in the FY 2012 President's Budget. Hopefully, we'll get a peek in his speech tomorrow night about what will be included in the FY 2012 budget. Today, CRFB released a statement of what we would like to see in that budget in order to put our country back on a sustainable fiscal path.

CRFB's New Video Contest!

How do you want Washington to get our country's fiscal house in order?

CRFB's Fiscal Roadmap Project has just launched a new "Voices of America" video contest that will let you submit your own view about our fiscal problems and how you would solve them. With a $14 trillion debt and red ink as far as the eye can see, we want to hear from you on this important issue.

Deficit Hawks Get Fiscy

TV stars have the Emmys, athletes have the ESPYs, now budget wonks have a major award to call their own.

CRFB Launches "Fiscal Gold Star" Awards! First Winner Goes to Senator Coburn

With a real lack of fiscal sanity running around Washington lately, it's truly refreshing and encouraging to see someone break from party lines, special interests, and all other shackles to make decisions about what's best for our country's fiscal health down the road. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has been doing just that.

Creating a Fiscal Turnaround in the United States


In a new paper, “Creating a Fiscal Turnaround in the United States,” CRFB President Maya MacGuineas discusses our current fiscal situation and offers viable solutions for turning it around. MacGuineas suggests that lawmakers need to agree on a fiscal target, commit to a credible fiscal consolidation plan and offer specific ideas on deficit reduction. Click here to read the paper.


CRFB Board Member James T. Lynn Dies

James T. Lynn, a member of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget board and former budget director in the Ford administration died Dec. 6 in Bethesda, MD. Mr. Lynn was 83 years old and died as a result of complications from a stroke. During the Nixon administration, Mr. Lynn served as general counsel and undersecretary at the Department of Commerce before becoming secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 1975, President Ford tapped Mr. Lynn as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

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