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    A Path to Balance in Five Steps: What to Look for in the Ryan Budget

    The House Budget Committee will deliver its budget resolution—which would eliminate the deficit within 10 years—ahead of Congress’s statutory deadline of April 15. The Senate, on the other hand, has already announced that it would not bother producing a budget this year, relying instead on the Ryan–Murray budget deal struck … More

    Get Ready For a Year of 'Inaction' On the National Debt

    President Obama had an opportunity to satisfy the vast majority of voters by making the national debt a “high priority” in his State of the Union speech. But he squandered his chance. A Peterson Foundation poll found that 83 percent of voters want the Administration to name the national debt … More

    What to Expect from the Trillion-Dollar Omnibus

    Lawmakers in charge of funding the government with taxpayer dollars are getting closer every day to finishing their work on the trillion-dollar-plus fiscal year 2014 omnibus spending bill. If the spending bills drafted in 2013 are any indication, this year’s version will be loaded with pork projects and government programs … More

    Booze, Pole Dancing, and Luxurious Hotels: Top 10 Examples of Government Waste in 2013

    The latest budget deal, passed by a bipartisan majority in both the House and the Senate, suggests that Washington agrees with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) when she said that “the cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make.” The cupboard, however, is overflowing with liquor, crystal glassware, … More

    The Ryan–Murray Budget Deal: Unnecessary Pain for Americans

    The controversial budget deal reached by Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D–WA) has been criticized by experts on both sides of the issue for delaying needed budget reforms. Romina Boccia, Heritage’s Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs, discussed the deal with Obama’s car czar Steven … More

    Spending Caps Have Worked, but Ryan-Murray Budget Would Lift Them

    In terms of cutting government spending, the Budget Control Act’s spending caps and sequestration have been an unparalleled success story in recent years. And yet, the House of Representatives voted last Thursday to weaken the caps in 2014 and 2015 for a $63 billion increase in the discretionary budget. Sequestration … More

    Why Conservatives Don't Like the Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

    Next week, the Senate will consider the Ryan-Murray budget deal — a spending plan that disappoints conservatives and believers in a limited government that manages its finances. Earlier during the negotiations between House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA), my colleagues and I at … More

    After Budget Deal, Will John Boehner Turn to Immigration Reform?

    The House of Representatives wrapped up its work for the year without tackling the thorny issue of immigration reform, prompting both Republican and Democrat members of Congress to suggest it will be a priority in 2014. And that’s exactly why House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has vocally criticized conservative organizations in … More

    Poll: 65 Percent of Americans Think Congress Can Find More Spending Cuts

    As the Senate prepares to take up the new House-passed budget that undoes sequester cuts and increases spending, a clear bipartisan majority of American voters—65 percent—“firmly disagree[s] that ‘there are no more cuts to make’ to federal spending,” according to a recent poll conducted by the Tarrance Group. The poll, … More

    The Budget Deal's Sneaky Tax Increases

    The congressional budget deal includes some “user fees.” For the Washington establishment, that’s apparently the politically correct way of telling Americans they’ll be paying more to the federal government. For the rest of us, it’s a tax increase. The Ryan-Murray budget deal, which passed the House on a 332-94 vote, … More