Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

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View our recurring reports, which summarize and analyze the most important regular federal budget releases and reports.
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Aug 31, 2021 | Health Care

Analysis of the 2021 Medicare Trustees' Report

The Social Security and Medicare Trustees released their annual reports on the long-term financial state of those programs. The reports are the first...
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Aug 31, 2021 | Social Security

Analysis of the 2021 Social Security Trustees' Report

Today, the Social Security and Medicare Trustees released their annual reports on the long-term financial state of the Social...
Budget Process
Aug 13, 2021 | Budget Process

Reconciliation 101

What is reconciliation? How do reconciliation instructions work? Can a reconciliation bill add to the budget deficit? What is...
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Jul 28, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

Q&A: Everything You Should Know About the Debt Ceiling

The federal debt ceiling will be reinstated on August 1, 2021, at around $28.5 trillion. At that point, the Treasury Department will begin using...
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Jul 26, 2021 | Health Care

Injecting Price Competition into Medicare Part B Drugs

Medicare Part B, which covers outpatient physician services, pays for physician-administered drugs by reimbursing physicians the average cost for...
Jul 26, 2021 | Health Care

Limiting Evergreening for Name-Brand Prescription Drugs

To encourage medical innovation, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grants temporary market exclusivities to new brand name drugs. These...
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Jul 20, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

Five Reasons to Pay for New Investments

Congress and the Administration are currently negotiating and developing legislation to invest in physical infrastructure, education, and other areas...
Jul 14, 2021 | Taxes

Chartbook: Reducing the Tax Gap

One of the most fair and efficient ways for policymakers to raise revenue would be to close some portion of the “tax gap.” The tax gap is the...
Jul 1, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

Analysis of CBO's July 2021 Budget and Economic Outlook

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released initial details of its updated Budget and Economic Outlook, accounting for enactment of...
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Jun 25, 2021 | Budget Process

Appropriations 101

What are appropriations? How does Congress determine the total level of appropriations? How will this year's appropriations process be different...