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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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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...
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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 “...
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...
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Jun 25, 2021 | Budget Process

Appropriations 101

What are appropriations? How does Congress determine the total level of appropriations...
May 28, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

President Biden's Full FY 2022 Budget

The Biden Administration today released its first full budget, laying out its proposals for...
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May 19, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

Interest Payments in the Federal Budget

At a projected cost of over $300 billion this fiscal year,...
Apr 29, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

The Nation's Upcoming Fiscal Challenges

President Joe Biden and the nation face perhaps the most daunting fiscal situation on record. One hundred days into his presidency, President...
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Apr 19, 2021 | Other Spending

COVID Bills Had $650 Billion in Extraneous Policies

Congress has authorized around $6 trillion of fiscal support in response to the COVID pandemic, with a projected net cost of well over...
Apr 13, 2021 | Other Spending

Alexander Holt's Senate Testimony on Student Debt's Burden on Borrowers and the Economy

On April 13, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget policy analyst Alexander Holt testified at the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Economic...
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Apr 9, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

President Biden's FY 2022 Discretionary Budget

Today, the Biden Administration released an abridged version of the...
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Mar 25, 2021 | Taxes

Maya MacGuineas's Senate Testimony on Taxation of Corporations and the Wealthy

On March 25, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas testified before the Senate Budget Committee on "Ending a Rigged...
Mar 22, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

The Case for Trust Fund Solutions

Some of the nation’s most important government programs are financed with dedicated revenue sources using federal trust funds. Four of those...
Mar 10, 2021 | Other Spending

How High Are Federal Interest Payments?

This year, the federal government will spend $300 billion on interest payments on the national debt. This is the...
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Mar 4, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

Analysis of CBO's March 2021 Long-Term Budget Outlook

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its March 2021 Long-Term Budget Outlook, confirming that the federal budget is on an...
Feb 23, 2021 | Health Care

Capping Hospital Prices

High hospital prices are a leading driver of high and rising costs in the U.S. health care system, resulting in insurance premium growth that...
Feb 23, 2021 | Health Care

Reducing Medicare Advantage Overpayments

The Medicare Advantage (MA) program, which allows Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in federally-funded private health insurance plans, is an...
Feb 23, 2021 | Health Care

Equalizing Medicare Payments Regardless of Site-of-Care

Currently, the Medicare program pays higher rates for medical services performed in hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) than it pays for the...
Feb 11, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

Analysis of CBO's February 2021 Budget and Economic Outlook

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its February 2021 Budget and Economic Outlook, confirming that, despite improvements as a...

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