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News Roundup | June 27, 2013

The Hill, Politico and The Wall Street Journal report that members of the Senate Finance Committee could today reveal their outline for comprehensive tax reform.

Roll Call: Americans Want Less Spending, Lower Taxes

May 13, 2013

Now that Congress and the president have released their budgets, the question in Washington becomes: “Now what?” It seems we have reached another impasse on how to move forward and actually pass one.

Broken Record: Beggars Banquet

April 17, 2013

President Obama and other lawmakers have been insisting, over and over, that a balanced budget deal must include more revenue. Yet, the federal government is projected to collect more revenue in 2013 than ever before.

Budgetology: Chicken Dance in Washington

March 25, 2013

After a marathon voting session over the weekend, the Senate finally did what it hasn’t done in the last four years: passed a budget proposal. And after that, it was only fitting that the majority and minority leaders took to the Senate floor to do their own “chicken dance.” But before we get too carried away, it’s worth taking a closer look at whether Saturday’s “Herculean feat” is really a cause for celebration.

Budgetology: Balancing Act

March 19, 2013

Has the word “balance” lost all meaning in Washington? The White House says a “balanced approach” must include entitlement reform. The Senate wants a “balanced approach” that leaves entitlements alone. Neither one actually balances the budget, but Republican and Democratic plans from the House promise just that. Just another example of confusing rhetoric intended to obscure business as usual.

Fiscal Cliff Deal, Five Things to Know

January 2, 2013

After months of negotiations and debt, the Senate passed a deal on the fiscal cliff early Tuesday morning. Here are the top five things you need to know about the plan.