Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Debt & Deficits

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The Year-End Debt Dilemma

As the year comes to a close, lawmakers have a number of legislative deadlines and a variety of issues they need or want to address – many of which...

Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles: A Moment of Truth for our Country’s Financial Future

Alan Simpson is a former Republican senator from Wyoming. Erskine Bowles served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 1998. They...

Gene Steuerle: A Debt Straightjacket or a Misdiagnosed Disease?

Dr. Eugene (Gene) Steuerle is the Richard B. Fisher chair and Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute and a member of the Committee for a Responsible...
Leon Panetta

Leon Panetta: Blowing Up the Debt is a Threat to America

Leon Panetta is a co-chair of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote an opinion piece for USA Today. It...
Leon Panetta

Leon Panetta and Other Former Defense Secretaries: Debt-Increasing Tax Bill Threatens National Security

Leon Panetta is a co-chair of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote a letter to Congressional leaders...
Maya MacGuineas

Maya MacGuineas: Missed Opportunity to Use Health Care, Tax Policies to Stop Debt Growth

Maya MacGuineas is president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently...
Maya MacGuineas

Maya MacGuineas: $20 Trillion in National Debt Is a Big Deal

Maya MacGuineas is president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently...
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Why Did Debt Jump $318 Billion in One Day?

On September 8, 2017, gross U.S. debt increased almost $318 billion after President Trump signed legislation temporarily suspending the debt limit as...
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Q&A: Gross Debt Versus Debt Held by the Public

On September 8, the federal government's gross debt exceeded $20 trillion for the first time. This mark serves as an important reminder of the nation...

Marc Goldwein: National Debt: Yes, Rising Annual Deficits Threaten the U.S. Economy

Marc Goldwein is the senior vice president and senior policy director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote a column...

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