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Mar 16, 2017|The Hill

Debt ceiling returns, creating new headache for GOP

“There’s some expenses associated with it,” said Maya MacGuineas, president of the nonpartisan debt watchdog Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. “It’s a little ponzi scheme with government trust funds, but in the end, everyone remains whole.”

Mar 16, 2017|Financial Times

Trump’s first budget cuts EPA and state department cash

“This budget only gives us a picture of one-and-a-half years and proposes changes to the 30 per cent of spending that is discretionary,” said Maya MacGuineas, president of the non-partisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Mar 16, 2017|Financial Times

Trump unveils deep cuts to Environment and State Dept to fund defence

“This budget only gives us a picture of one and a half years and proposes changes to the 30 percent of spending that is discretionary,” said Maya MacGuineas, President of the non-partisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Mar 16, 2017|Reuters

Trump puts the skinny in his 'skinny budget'

Maya MacGuineas, head of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said there were too few details to fully understand the larger choices ahead: "It is impossible to see the big picture when you only have a few pieces of the puzzle."

Mar 16, 2017|The Atlantic

Why Sequestration Is Poised to Kill Trump's Budget

Trump has proposed eliminating the defense sequestration cap, and his budget seems to suggest setting a single defense and nondefense cap. “My understanding of what the White House is actually proposing is to replace the separate caps on defense and nondefense spending with one cap on total discretionary spending,” Ed Lorenzen, a budget expert at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, told me. But to do so would require Democratic votes.

Mar 16, 2017|The Washington Post

Trump checked on many fronts

Even the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget was harsh in pointing out the budget lacked specificity on tax reform, infrastructure and entitlements (“which are the largest drivers of the debt and must be addressed”):

Mar 16, 2017|Reuters

Trump budget plan to propose major cuts for foreign aid, EPA - source

"This one appears as though it will be one of the skinniest budgets of recent memory. Possibly emaciated," said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Mar 16, 2017|NBC News

Trump Budget Proposes Cuts to State and EPA, Boosts for Defense and Wall

CRFB President Maya MacGuineas appeared on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt to discuss President Trump's "Skinny Budget."

Mar 16, 2017|Fox News

Are government leaders turning a blind eye toward debt?

CRFB president Maya MacGuineas and CRFB board member Alice Rivlin appear on Special Report with Bret Baier to discuss the debt limit.

Mar 16, 2017|USA Today

Trump's budget blueprint faces heavy opposition

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, noted that discretionary spending is only 30% of the overall budget, and the Trump plan only covers spending for next year and a half.

"We need 100% of a plan for 10 years," she said, "not 30% of a plan for just more than one year."

Mar 16, 2017|CNN Money

Trump budget bemoans $20 trillion debt but does bupkus about it

"All of the cuts come from a shrinking slice of the pie: nondefense discretionary spending, which accounts for only 15% of all federal spending and 5% of projected spending growth over the next ten years. Such aggressive domestic discretionary cuts will be hard to sustain given that this area of the budget has already undergone large cuts and is projected to grow more slowly than inflation," said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Mar 16, 2017|The Los Angeles Times

The U.S. hit its debt limit again. Now the Treasury Department is maneuvering to avoid a default until Congress acts

“The debt ceiling isn’t a game of chicken,” said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. “It should be raised as soon as possible to ensure continued confidence in our economic system here at home and around the world.”

Mar 16, 2017|Modern Healthcare

GOP faces major hurdles in reducing repeal bill's coverage losses

Depending on how much more generous they decide to make the tax credits for low-income people, it may be possible to partially or entirely offset those increased costs by lowering the income limit,” said Ed Lorenzen, senior adviser at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Mar 16, 2017|Modern Healthcare

GOP faces major hurdles in reducing repeal bill's coverage losses

Depending on how much more generous they decide to make the tax credits for low-income people, it may be possible to partially or entirely offset those increased costs by lowering the income limit,” said Ed Lorenzen, senior adviser at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Mitigating the coverage losses from the bill's repeal of Medicaid expansion funding and its cap on federal Medicaid payments to the states will be tougher. Many Republican governors and senators would like to extend the ACA's Medicaid expansion to low-income adults or make it permanent.

Phasing out the Medicaid expansion funding would cause about nine million of the 24 million total coverage loss, according to an analysis by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Mar 16, 2017|The Street

Market-Driving Agenda Items Absent from Trump Budget

"This budget ignores the 70 percent of spending that is responsible for 90 percent of spending growth over the next decade and tells us nothing about how the Administration will address the nation's unsustainably rising national debt," wrote the Committee for a Responsible Budget in its analysis of the budget.

Mar 16, 2017|FactCheck.org

Trump Twists Jobs Numbers

Defense: Trump boasted that his budget “calls for one of the single largest increases in defense spending history in this country.” As we have written, Trump’s proposed FY2018 budget will include $603 billion in base defense spending, an increase of 9.4 percent from the current $551 billion. But Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan enacted double-digit increases in base defense spending five times in the 1980s — including increases of nearly 25 percent in fiscal 1981 and more than 20 percent in fiscal 1982. President George W. Bush’s base defense budget increases also were larger in 2002, 2003 and 2008, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Mar 16, 2017|NewsMax

Trump Budget Includes $4 Billion for Border Wall

"This one appears as though it will be one of the skinniest budgets of recent memory. Possibly emaciated," said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Mar 16, 2017|Media Matters for America

Experts And Media Observers Stunned By Trump’s Budget Proposal

CRFB: In Attempt To Pay For New Defense Spending, Trump Cuts “From A Shrinking Slice Of The Pie.” In a March 16 response to the White House’s budget proposal, Maya MacGuineas, president of the right-leaning Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), questioned the sustainability of balancing new defense spending with offsets taken from “a shrinking slice of pie” -- non-defense discretionary spending -- and called on the administration to release a full vetting of its long-term tax and spending agenda

Mar 16, 2017|The Tribble Agency

Trump budget cuts environment and foreign aid spending

Marc Goldwein, senior policy director for the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said of Trump: “I’m not sure he’s going to get Congress to support this level of cuts”.

Mar 16, 2017|The Tuckerman Times

Donald Trump budget plan may propose major cuts for foreign aid, environmental protection

“This one appears as though it will be one of the skinniest budgets of recent memory. Possibly emaciated,” said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Social programs such as Social Security and Medicare account for the majority of overall US federal government costs. Trump pledged to protect the two programs during the 2016 campaign. “If they put out a budget as skinny as advertised, it might not really tell us a whole lot about the president’s overall budget and the direction of fiscal policy,” said Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan budget reform advocacy group.

Mar 16, 2017|The Asheboro Courier-Tribune

Workers 50-64 face higher costs, less access under GOP health plan

Based on CBO projections, the legislation would push the trust fund into insolvency in 2023 rather than 2025, and “increase primary deficits in the trust fund by $150 billion through 2026,” according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonprofit fiscal-policy organization.

Mar 16, 2017|The Dayton Daily News

Trump budget boosts military spending, cuts to other departments

The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget called Trump’s spending plan woefully lacking in detail.

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Washington D.C. nonprofit, said in a statement:

“We understand that the new administration needs time to develop its comprehensive budget plan, but there is too little information and too few details to evaluate the budget. Generally, skinny budgets include proposals in all areas and show what these proposals will mean for deficits and debt over the next decade. This budget only gives us a picture of one and a half years and proposes changes to the 30 percent of spending that is discretionary.

“We need 100 percent of a plan for 10 years. Not 30 percent of a plan for just more than one year.”

Mar 16, 2017|The Las Vegas Review-Journal

Trump budget delivers on campaign promises

“Unfortunately, the budget does not include any proposals on mandatory spending or revenue and does not include any proposals or projections beyond 2018,” the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget opined. “In this sense, this budget ignores the 70 percent of spending that is responsible for 90 percent of spending growth over the next decade and tells us nothing about how the Administration will address the nation’s unsustainably rising national debt.”

Mar 16, 2017|WHIO

Trump budget boosts military spending, cuts to other departments

The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget called Trump’s spending plan woefully lacking in detail.

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Washington D.C. nonprofit, said in a statement:

“We understand that the new administration needs time to develop its comprehensive budget plan, but there is too little information and too few details to evaluate the budget. Generally, skinny budgets include proposals in all areas and show what these proposals will mean for deficits and debt over the next decade. This budget only gives us a picture of one and a half years and proposes changes to the 30 percent of spending that is discretionary.

“We need 100 percent of a plan for 10 years. Not 30 percent of a plan for just more than one year.”

Mar 16, 2017|Yahoo Finance

Medicare insolvency would move up to 2023 under Obamacare repeal bill

While the Trump administration has already broken his promise not to touch Medicaid by supporting the AHCA—and might look into Social Security changes—he has also indirectly broken his promise not to touch Medicare. According to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan group of budget hawks, the AHCA legislation would accelerate the insolvency of Medicare Part A’s Hospital Insurance fund from 2025 to 2023, resulting in deficits of $150 billion through 2026.

Mar 16, 2017|The San Francisco Chronicle

The dark message of Donald Trump’s budget

None of this would be in the service of fiscal responsibility — say, to make a dent in the national debt, which the budget’s introduction describes as “a crisis.” In fact, notes the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the administration’s proposed increases in the current fiscal year would add $15 billion to the deficit to fund military operations and begin building a border wall — assuming, of course, that a reimbursement from Mexico isn’t in the mail.

Mar 15, 2017|The Courier-Tribune

Q&A: Though the target of potshots, CBO widely seen as impartial and credible

“While no individual or organization can perfectly predict the future, the CBO has a long history of providing credible and impartial estimates based on the center of a range of likely outcomes,” said Maya MacGuineas, president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. “CBO is our nation’s fiscal referee and should be respected even if you do not like the call.”

Mar 15, 2017|The Los Angeles Times

Q&A: What is the CBO, and can you trust its numbers on the Republican healthcare plan?

“While no individual or organization can perfectly predict the future, the CBO has a long history of providing credible and impartial estimates based on the center of a range of likely outcomes,” said Maya MacGuineas, president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. “CBO is our nation’s fiscal referee and should be respected even if you do not like the call.”

Mar 15, 2017|Reuters

Trump budget would slice domestic programs, foreign aid

"This one appears as though it will be one of the skinniest budgets of recent memory. Possibly emaciated," said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Mar 14, 2017|MSNBC - Morning Joe

Rattner's charts: The losers of the AHCA

This video cites our chart of the AHCA's deficit reduction measures.

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