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Council on Foreign Relations Primes Readers on the Fiscal Cliff

The Council on Foreign Relations has joined in on those warning of the dangers of the fiscal cliff due to hit early January and unsustainable rising levels of debt. The helpful "backgrounder" piece explains both the domestic, national security, and economic consequences of the cliff as well as some context to how we got to this point.

Bernanke Once Again Warns Congress on the Fiscal Cliff

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke addressed Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday and the House Finance Committee yesterday with more warnings about the fiscal cliff at the end of the year.

Parties Discuss Sequester Working Groups

A few members of Congress are now proposing House-Senate working groups to try and negotiate a compromise that would avoid the squester. From The Hill:

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said that forming the bipartisan working groups would be a critical piece in getting lawmakers in both chambers on the same page, regarding the automatic defense cuts under sequestration.

How Is the House Replacing the Sequester?

Update: CBO has posted scores for the Energy and Commerce and Oversight bills. They would save $113 billion and $83.3 billion, respectively, over ten years.

Comparing the House and Senate Agriculture Changes

Recently, both the House and Senate proposed cuts to the Department of Agriculture. Though the proposals are fairly similar in magnitude, they achieve their savings in very different ways. With the 2008 Farm Bill expiring in September, it will be interesting to see how these bills will shape the final outcome for that legislation.

The 2013 Budget Process Moves Forward...Sort Of

The House Republican budget resolution included reconciliation instructions to six committees to find $261 billion in savings over ten years intended to offset $78 billion from delaying the sequester for a year.

Budget Process Reforms in the Ryan Budget

The FY 2013 House Republican budget resolution, which has now been passed by the Budget Committee 19-18, contains a number of sweeping changes to the federal budget. And budget process is no exception.

Ryan Reprise: House Budget Committee Chairman Releases New Budget

This morning, House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) presented the House Republican budget, one that is similar to last year's budget resolution but contains some key differences. In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Rep.

Line Items: Primary Edition

Deficit Secondary in Primary – The presidential primary campaign hits a key point this week as "Super Tuesday" contests in several states may go a long ways in determining who will face off against President Obama in November. Although voters constantly rank the economy and federal budget deficit as the top two issues, they seem to have taken a back seat to social issues in the campaign right now. However, CRFB’s U.S. Budget Watch project seeks to elevate fiscal policy in the election.

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