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COVID Money Tracker Insights

Each week, we update our COVID Money Tracker tool with the latest commitments and disbursals from the federal response to the novel coronavirus...

Canceling Student Loan Debt Is Poor Economic Stimulus

Facing a weak economy still suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been a number of calls for President-elect Joe Biden to...

Opportunities for Bipartisanship in a Divided Government

In 2021, the United States is likely to operate with divided or near-divided government. Democrats are slated to control the White House and the...

Appropriations Watch: FY 2021

Updated 11/10/2020: In preparation for end-of-the-year negotiations with the House, the Senate Appropriations Committee released all 12 of its...

The Cost of the Trump and Biden COVID Response Plans

The COVID pandemic has caused considerable economic damage and human suffering. Policymakers responded aggressively this spring to address the...

Update: COVID-Related State & Local Aid Will Total $280 Billion

Our update to COVID Money Tracker this week incorporated new Medicaid estimates from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). These new Medicaid...

Maya MacGuineas Joins CNBC to Discuss COVID Relief and Presidential Campaign Plans

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget President Maya MacGuineas recently appeared on CNBC. She joined the show to discuss the negotiations over...

Presidential Candidates Ought to Share Their Plans for the Debt

For Immediate Release The first of three presidential debates will take place tonight, with much of the focus on near-term issues such as the COVID...

Q&A: Everything You Should Know About Government Shutdowns

The new fiscal year (FY) will begin on October 1, 2020, and Congress has so far enacted none of the 12 appropriations bills setting discretionary...