CRFB Releases and Events

An Update of the Fiscal Speed Bumps on the Horizon

Earlier today, CRFB took a look at two of the biggest "fiscal speed bumps" remaining for the year, the exhaustion of extraordinary measures to advert the debt ceiling and the expiration of the continuing resolution funding the government, as well as how to deal with the ongoing sequester. But these are not the only speed bumps on the horizon.

CRFB Looks Toward the Upcoming Fiscal Discussions

On May 19, the debt ceiling was reinstated as the Treasury Department began to use extraordinary measures to prevent running up against the debt limit. Extraordinary measures are expected to be exhausted sometime this fall, also when the current continuing resolution (CR) funding the government is due to expire. In addition, both parties are looking to alter the sequester in some form for future years and will have to figure out what to do with it then.

6/4 Event: "Challenges Facing Social Security"

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Trustees will issue their latest report, showing the finances of the two programs and their related trust funds over the next 75 years. The following Tuesday, June 4 at 8 AM Eastern time, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the Mercatus Center, and Third Way will hold an event discussing the implications of the report for the future of Social Security.

CRFB Breaks Down CBO's Estimate of the President's Budget

As a follow up to our initial reaction to CBO's estimates of the President's budget, CRFB has released a full report that breaks down the analysis from CBO. Under the President's budget, public debt as a percent of GDP would fall from a high of 77 percent in 2014 to 70 percent by 2023.

$2.2 Trillion is the New $2.4 Trillion

In February, we wrote the paper "Our Debt Problems Are Far From Solved," laying out the case for putting debt on a clear downward path as a percent of GDP with $2.4 trillion of additional savings. CBO's improved budget projections have prompted a new round of discussion of what should be the right direction for the budget.

War Spending as Sequester Replacement? Just Don't Do It

With news yesterday that the Senate might consider a bill to replace the sequester for 2013 with a drawdown of war spending, CRFB reacted in a press release, decrying the gimmick for what it is. The bill would specifically put caps on war spending for FY 2014 through 2016 at the levels called for the President's budget -- drawing down war funding from $97 billion this year to $37 billion in FY 2016.

CRFB Breaks Down the President's Budget

Yesterday, we took our first look at the President's FY 2014 Budget, which put forward the final White House deficit reduction offer to Speaker Boehner in the fiscal cliff negotiations, along with several new revenue and spending provisions.

Ten Things to Look for in the President's Budget

It's President's Budget week! On Wednesday, President Obama will release his FY 2014 budget, illustrating another possible path in addition to the already-passed House and Senate budget resolutions.

Updated Report: The Case for the Chained CPI

Earlier this month, we reported on CBO’s updated cost estimate for switching to the chained CPI to provide a more accurate measure of inflation for indexed provisions in the tax code and in spending programs.

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