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    CBO Affirms What We’ve Known All Along: Reducing National Debt Will Grow the Economy

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R–Wis.) steps to reduce the budget would help boost economic growth. Ryan’s 2015 budget proposal contains more than $5 trillion in savings over 10 years and balances by the end of the budget window, leaving a $5 billion surplus in 2024. Ryan’s budget acquires … 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

    Democrats Threaten Government Shutdown If They Don’t Get More Spending

    While much of the debate over government funding has centered around funding for the President’s unworkable health care law, Democrats’ appetite for more unnecessary federal spending has gotten much less attention. Democrats in the House are demanding more discretionary spending and have openly stated that they would prefer a government … More

    While Debt Crisis Looms, Washington Still Focused on Undoing Sequestration

    Lawmakers are on track to bargain away the one spending cut they got. The Washington Post reports that President Obama and a group of Republican Senators stalled on a budget deal on Thursday that revolved in part around the question of how to best renege on sequestration. Republicans want to … More

    Sequestration Helps Force Needed Spending Cuts and Enables Private-Sector Jobs

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a letter this week describing how canceling sequestration in 2014 would affect the economy. The CBO dutifully plugged the numbers into its economic model, and the model gave the result it was written to give: more government spending equals more output in the government … More

    Hurrah Too Soon: White House Budget Revision Shows $759 Billion Deficit in 2013

    The President’s Midsession Review, released this week, projects the 2013 deficit to be lower by $214 billion compared with the earlier Obama budget estimate released in April. But any hurrah would be misplaced. Most of the short-term improvement comes because revenue from the tax increases passed in December 2012 is … More

    Treasury Employs Extraordinary Measures to Spend Beyond Debt Limit

    After hitting the debt limit on March 19, the Treasury Department under Secretary Jack Lew is now employing its toolset of “extraordinary measures” to continue deficit spending without legally breaching the debt limit. It will provide about $260 billion in borrowing capacity, which should last beyond at least Labor Day, … More

    Meretricious? Senator Whitehouse Is Projecting

    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) spent eight minutes berating me at a Senate Budget Committee hearing yesterday. He disliked the facts I presented on austerity, so he called into question my professional honor and integrity. My testimony pointed out that structural reform and well-designed spending cuts are the best policy for stabilizing … More

    House Republicans Are Right to Focus on Spending Cuts as Part of Debt Ceiling Increase

    This week, the House Republican conference met to discuss what their priority will be in connection with any vote to increase the debt ceiling. This is timely since the current suspension of the debt limit expires tomorrow. According to reports of the Republican House caucus meeting, “Members came away with … More

    Debt Limit and Tax Reform: Both Important, But On Their Own

      Press reports link the coming debt limit debate with the building effort for tax reform. The debt limit and tax reform are both important, but the connection ends there, as it should. Suggestions that some sort of fast-track procedure for tax reform might be the conservative “ask” in exchange … More