FISCAL BLOG

The federal budget deficit rose to $666 billion for fiscal year 2017 — an increase of around $80 billion from the previous year.

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Lawmakers unveiled a tax overhaul framework recently, outlining a number of changes to individual and corporate taxes.

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The official poverty rate in 2016 was 12.7%, down from 13.5% in 2015 — bringing it back to pre-recession poverty levels.

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Lawmakers have unveiled a tax overhaul framework, outlining a number of changes to individual and corporate taxes.

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As lawmakers consider tax reform, these tax expenditures are a key part of the discussion.

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Debates over the debt ceiling and government shutdowns can be confusing, particularly in years when lawmakers must fund the government and raise the debt limit around the same time.

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Even if Congress raises the debt limit and avoids default, last-minute brinksmanship alone has the potential to create economic damage.

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There's ongoing discussion in Washington about making changes to Medicaid. Learn more about the program.

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Social Security and Medicare affect nearly every American at some point in their lives.

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen emphasized the need for lawmakers to consider for the rising national debt — and its unsustainable trajectory — when considering policy choices.

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Why Fiscal Issues Matter in the 2018 Election

This election season is a critical opportunity for candidates to talk to voters about solutions to put us on a better path.

FISCAL ISSUES ILLUSTRATED

This series of infographics helps put some of today's most pressing fiscal debates in context.