CBO: Amendments to Republican Health Care Bill Make It Worse

The Congressional Budget Office updated its scoring on the Republican Obamacare replacement bill to include changes made earlier this week in an attempt to win over the votes of those who don't like the bill. The conclusion: Those changes make the bill worse, not better. … [Read more...]

Trump Wants to Eliminate Chemical Safety Board

Another appalling item in Trump's proposed budget is the elimination of the Chemical Safety Board, a federal commission that investigates chemical spills and accidents of toxic chemicals. Because why worry about things that endanger public health, amirite? … [Read more...]

Moody’s: Obamacare Replacement Will Hurt States

Given what the Republican health care bill does with Medicaid, rolling back nearly all the funding for the expansion that has helped get millions of people access to health care, it's no surprise that Moody's rates the bill as very bad for states financially. … [Read more...]

Authors Responds to Trump’s Lies About Immigration Study

During his address to Congress, Donald Trump cited a study by the National Academy of Sciences that allegedly showed that illegal immigration cost us billions of dollars a year. Francine Blau, lead author of that study, and Gretchen Donehower, a consultant on the study, says he lied about its conclusions. Here's what Trump said: … [Read more...]

Dear Mick Mulvaney: Meals on Wheels Works Very Well

At an astonishingly cruel and irrational press conference the other day, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney argued that getting rid of Meals on Wheels was the compassionate thing to do because taxpayers had to pay for a program that was "just not showing any results." … [Read more...]

Trump’s Budget: Money for War and Little Else

Trump has unveiled his proposed budget and, as expected, it increases spending on "defense" and slashes spending virtually everywhere else. One example that has gotten a lot of attention is the cut to community block grants, which fund things like Meals on Wheels programs for seniors and the disabled. … [Read more...]

Trump Wants to Cut Funding for UN Programs

Always the fiscally responsible one, Donald Trump wants to cut the measly $10 billion (out of a ~$4 trillion budget, or 1/4 of one-thousandth of the budget) the U.S. spends on the United Nations, almost all of which will come out of important commitments to world peace and well-being. … [Read more...]

Record Profits, Little to No Taxes Paid

Republicans love to claim that America's corporate taxes are the highest in the developed world. This is a lie. The marginal tax rates, up to 35%, are among the highest. The actual rates paid are a fraction of that. In fact, some of the most profitable companies in the world pay no federal taxes at all. … [Read more...]

Spicer: Ignore the CBO Score on Obamacare Replacement

The Republicans rolled out their replacement bill for Obamacare so quickly that they didn't even wait to get an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office on its fiscal and health impacts. And now they're saying that you can't trust the CBO anyway. … [Read more...]

Trump Wants to Slash Great Lakes Protection Funding

We have more specifics on the cuts Trump wants to make to the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency and it includes the near-elimination of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a crucial program for protecting the world's largest source of fresh water. … [Read more...]

Trump Wants Massive Cuts to State Department, EPA

In addition to wanting a 10% increase in military spending and a big drop in foreign aid, Donald Trump also wants to cut funding for the State Department by an astonishing 37% and a 20% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency. Anyone surprised? … [Read more...]

Trump Wants 10% Increase in Defense Spending, Cuts Elsewhere

The White House is preparing a budget proposal and it includes a 10% boost in defense spending and cuts virtually everywhere else. Because tearing down the house in order to build a higher fence always makes good public policy sense, doesn't it? … [Read more...]