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Bipartisan, Bicameral Group Requests CBO to Include Debt Servicing Impact in Legislative Cost Estimates

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Representatives Ed Case (D-HI) and Michael Cloud (R-TX), in a bipartisan and bicameral group of 68 lawmakers, this week
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Co-Chair Lowey Proposes Reforms to the JSC

The Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform (JSC) continues to work on its recommendations, which are due at the end of
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Chartbook: Playing By the (Budget) Rules

Below is a Chartbook that corresponds to the paper "

Goldwein and Moller: How Congress Cheats with Our Money — and How We Can Stop It

Marc Goldwein is senior vice president and senior policy director and Zach Moller is a senior policy analyst at the Committee for a Responsible

Playing By the (Budget) Rules: Understanding and Preventing Budget Gimmicks

The breakdown in the federal budget process and erosion of budget discipline have led to the increasingly pervasive reliance on budget gimmicks.

Gimmicks to Look Out For in a Spending Deal

With Congress moving toward funding the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2018, pressure is mounting to increase discretionary spending.
Nov 3, 2017 | Blog Paper Press Release | Taxes

House Tax Plan May Add Over $2 Trillion to the Debt

Note: This blog has been updated from its original posting to account for the
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Oct 31, 2017 | Blog Paper Press Release | Taxes

Five Gimmicks That May Hide the True Costs of Tax Reform

The budget resolution recently passed by Congress sets the stage for fast-track tax reform legislation (a process known as
Oct 27, 2017 | Blog Paper Press Release | Taxes

Temporary Expensing is a Budget Gimmick and a Bad Idea

One provision included in the $2.2 trillion "Unified Tax Framework
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The FY 2018 Senate Budget and Budget Gimmicks

Note: An amendment was adopted during floor consideration that affects budget gimmicks in the House of Representatives.