America’s fiscal and economic challenges are serious, but they are also solvable. While partisan gridlock may have prevented meaningful progress to date, there is no shortage of worthy proposals to strengthen our fiscal and economic future.

No single approach will be perfect in everyone’s eyes, but our leaders can draw upon the many good ideas that have been put forward from across the ideological spectrum in order to help ensure economic growth and prosperity for the next generation.

Most importantly, a number of comprehensive plans have been proposed and serve as helpful blueprints for a path forward.

There are also many policy options for individual parts of the budget that merit consideration.

Comprehensive Plans to Address the National Debt

Policy leaders and experts across the political spectrum have put forward a number of comprehensive plans to reduce America’s long-term debt and lay a strong foundation for future economic growth.

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Finding Solutions: Taxes

Fixing our broken tax code would be an important step that would help our economy grow, make the system more transparent and fair, and improve our long-term fiscal outlook -- and the sooner we act to reform the tax system, the larger the benefits for investment and growth. Read more about Tax Reform Solutions.

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Finding Solutions: Healthcare

Learn why healthcare costs are increasing, how Medicare and Medicaid affect the total costs, and some options for lowering the costs while improving outcomes

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Understanding the Budget

Policymakers use the federal budget process to establish spending priorities and identify revenue to pay for those activities.

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Finding Solutions: Retirement and Social Security

There are numerous viable options to preserve the retirement system, including Social Security, in a fiscally sustainable way that gives families adequate time to plan and strengthens support for those who need it the most.

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National Security Solutions

By making smart, strategic decisions about future national security requirements policymakers can ensure that our military is strong and that we are prepared to defend our nation from threats while also avoiding potential waste of precious national resources

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Reforming the Budget Process

By focusing fiscal policymaking more squarely on the long term and providing better tools to help enforce budget agreements over time, budget process reform could encourage long-term fiscal sustainability.

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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.


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