Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
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Papers

View our recurring reports, which summarize and analyze the most important regular federal budget releases and reports.

Jan 9, 2017 | Budget Process

A Long-Term Budget for Entitlements and Required Revenues

by Stuart Butler and Maya MacGuineas This paper represents a joint project of the Brookings Institution and Committee for a Responsible Federal...
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Jan 4, 2017 | Health Care

The Cost of Full Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” includes a number of provisions to expand health care coverage, as well as...
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Dec 14, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

The Cost of Rising Interest Rates

Over the next decade, interest payments on the debt are projected to be the fastest growing part of the federal budget. Last year, the federal...
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Dec 8, 2016 | Social Security

A Bipartisan Social Security Commission

In 1981, the Social Security trust funds were nearly empty and President Ronald Reagan and Congressional leaders in both parties appointed the...
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Dec 6, 2016 | Budget Process

Reconciliation 101

What is reconciliation? Reconciliation is a special legislative process created as part of the Budget Act of 1974. It is intended to help lawmakers...
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Dec 1, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Governing through Leadership: Steps to Secure Our Fiscal Future

A Memorandum to President-Elect Donald J. Trump    TO: President-Elect Donald J. Trump  FROM:  ...
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Nov 3, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

A Lame Duck President in 2017?

by C. Eugene Steuerle, Maya MacGuineas, Tyler Evilsizer, and Caleb Quakenbush This report represents a joint project of the Urban-Brookings Tax...
Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump
Oct 18, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

What Would Clinton and Trump Need to Do to Address the Debt Along with their Policy Agendas?

We recently estimated that Clinton's policies would likely add $200 billion to the debt over the next decade, while Trump’s policies...
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Sep 22, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Promises and Price Tags: An Update

Update: On November 2, 2016, we added an appendix to this update that summarizes the policies that the candidates have released.  The next...
Social Security
Sep 20, 2016 | Social Security

Sizing Up Social Security's Solvency Challenge

Social Security faces a large shortfall between scheduled benefits and dedicated revenue, and the program is currently on a path toward insolvency....

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