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    Funding the Medicare SGR Fix: Forget the “Funny Money”

    House and Senate leaders have forged a bill (H.R. 4015/S. 2000) to repeal Medicare’s unworkable physician payment update formula, known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). While the flawed SGR should be repealed, it should be done right. The legislation, however, falls far short of what should be done. Moreover, … More

    A Hidden Cost: Failure to Reflect the True Cost of Operations Would Damage Readiness

    Among the amendments cleared for action during House consideration the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2014 is an amendment sponsored by Representative Chris Van Hollen (D–MD). It would reducing the funding level for overseas contingency operations (OCO), primarily for ongoing operations in Afghanistan, to the level in … More

    Reid Suggests Exploiting Budget Gimmicks for Sequestration

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) is proposing not one but two old budget gimmicks to spend $85 billion more in 2013 than allowed under sequestration. Contrary to Senator Reid’s claim that “it wouldn’t add a penny to the deficit,” this spending would in fact add every single penny in … More

    Note to Congress: Swear Off Phony War Savings, Now and Forever

    Though the idea has been thoroughly discredited, the President and Members of Congress are still considering a large, thoroughly bogus “savings” option to help cover their profligate spending: They intend to claim war spending that was never going to be spent as “savings”—and then spend it on something else. It … More

    The President’s Mixed Military Metaphors

    The Merriam-Webster dictionary notes that the word “campaign” dates back to the mid-17th century and has two meanings. The first is “a connected series of military operations forming a distinct phase of a war;” the second is “a connecting series of operations designed to bring about a particular result.” In … More

    Budget 2011: The Obama Five-Year Defense Budget Plan Is Worse Than a Freeze

    The Obama Administration has been quick to point out that it has exempted the defense budget from its proposed freeze on other elements of discretionary spending in its budget. While the Administration has announced in the budget that it is requesting a $33 billion supplemental appropriation for defense in the … More