Getting America back on the path to fiscal responsibility should be a top priority for lawmakers as Congress debates increasing the debt ceiling and a bill to keep the federal government running. In this briefing book, weâ€™ll introduce readers to the current federal spending environment, review the history of the debt limit, and look at what will happen now that weâ€™ve reached our statutory spending limit.
With the release of House, Senate and presidential budget plans, most of the discussion in the coming days will focus on the numbers. So why does a budget matter, and what proposals are on the table? Find out with our latest Budget Briefing Book.
In the 2012 election, some of the most important issues on the minds of the American voters were the condition of the U.S. eonomy and government spending. Over the past few years, government spending has lacked discipline and has contributed to our highest national debt in history. Getting Americaâ€™s fiscal house in order is set to be one of the defining challenges for Congress and the president. Now that the new members of Congress have been sworn in and President Obama is entering his second term, we think itâ€™s a good time to take a look at what lies ahead for Washington in the coming months.
Recently, there has been a lot of talk in Washington about the so-called fiscal cliff. Both the speaker of the House, Rep. Boehner, and President Obama have made public remarks about the current economic conditions of the United States and how they can be eased during the lame-duck session.
Itâ€™s that time of year again in Washington: appropriations season. Itâ€™s the time of year that the House and Senate traditionally will begin to consider yearly spending bills. With that, itâ€™s a good time to examine how the government spends your money.
As Americans rush to file their 2011 income tax returns with April 17 quickly approaching, the debate continues in Washington over congressional budgeting and deficit reduction. Take a look at our latest Briefing Book to find out where the debate on taxes has been and where it is going.
As the long summer full of debt ceiling negotiations comes to an end, and as congressional leaders begin to negotiate a full roster of fiscal year 2012 appropriation bills, Bankrupting America releases our Appropriations Briefing Book.