Focus on Budget and Debt

Focus on Budget and Debt

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On October 12, the Senate Budget Committee held a hearing on improving the budget process.

An October 12 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that people support job creation over deficit reduction by better than a two to one margin.

On October 5, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs held a hearing on the economic implications of the budget deficit.

On October 4, the Congressional Budget Office published a report estimating that if the economy was operating at its potential, the budget deficit would be about a third lower.

On October 4, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Also on October 4, the Senate Budget Committee held a hearing on improving the congressional budget process.

A September 30 U.S. Government Accountability Office report identified options for federal departments to improve efficiency.

In a September 28 commentary, Congressional Budget Office director Doug Elmendorf discussed the budgetary implications of federal health and retirement programs.

On September 15, the Congressional Research Service published a report on deficit reduction efforts in other countries.

On August 19, Goldman Sachs published a report on the speed of fiscal consolidation.

I last posted items on this topic on September 27.

Bruce Bartlett is an American historian and columnist who focuses on the intersection between politics and economics. He blogs daily and writes a weekly column for The Fiscal Times.  Bartlett has written for Forbes Magazine and Creators Syndicate, and his work is informed by many years in government, including as a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House.  He is the author of seven books including his new book: The Benefit and the Burden .

Bruce Bartlett’s columns focus on the intersection of politics and economics. The author of seven books, he worked in government for many years and was senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House.