Tag: ‘House GOP’

Dave Camp’s Great Bonus Depreciation Flip-Flop

By :: May 29th, 2014

Sadly, the House Ways & Means Committee has turned on its head a proposal by its chairman, Dave Camp (R-MI) to repeal bonus depreciation for business capital investment. Instead of scrapping the measure, which Congress originally passed in 2008 as a temporary anti-recession tonic, the panel has voted to make the tax break permanent. And, […]

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Could the GOP Boost Tax Reform By Adding the Idea to the Debt Limit?

By :: September 26th, 2013

House Republicans reportedly are considering several ways to add a framework for tax reform to legislation needed to increase the federal government’s borrowing authority. Could such a rider increase the chances of reform happening in the near future? Sadly, no. Indeed, it is likely to bury a tax code rewrite even more deeply in Washington’s […]

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The Real 2014 Budget Battle May Be Over Spending, Not Taxes

By :: April 10th, 2013

President Obama’s 2014 budget arrived two months late and was declared DOA by the House GOP leadership days before they even saw it. Yet, it is full of items of interest, including a new millionaire tax and a renewed proposal to limit the value of tax preferences for high income households. But what about the […]

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A Budget Deal is Staring Them in the Face, But Here’s Why Lawmakers Won’t Compromise in 2013

By :: January 15th, 2013

There is an obvious solution to Washington’s perpetual budget crisis. But it is unlikely to happen because all the incentives—both political and economic—are completely wrong. First, the solution: The core of a deal was framed last December, when President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner were on the verge of a long-term fiscal agreement that would have cut […]

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Paul Ryan’s Budget Plan: More Big Tax Cuts for the Rich

By :: March 23rd, 2012

No surprise here, but the tax cuts in Paul Ryan’s 2013 budget plan would result in huge benefits for high-income people and very modest—or no— benefits for low income working households, according to a new analysis by the Tax Policy Center. TPC looked only at the tax reductions in Ryan’s plan, which also included offsetting–but unidentified–cuts […]

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Congress Figures Out How to Finance a Payroll Tax Cut: Borrow the Money

By :: February 15th, 2012

It looks like Congress is about to assume its default position: In the face of an intractable partisan dispute over how to pay for a government initiative, don’t. If Democrats won’t cut spending, and Republicans refuse to raise anybody’s taxes, there is always the solution they both can agree upon—just borrow the money and increase […]

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A Grim Prognosis for Deficit Reduction

By :: August 30th, 2011

The other day, I spent a few hours with some of Washington’s most experienced budget experts. The session was off-the-record, so I can’t tell you who they were but I can tell you what they said. In short, don’t count on much real deficit reduction any time soon, despite this summer’s debt limit deal that, […]

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The Senate Gang of Six’s Budget Plan Aims at Taxes

By :: July 20th, 2011

The Senate’s bipartisan on again/off again Gang of Six has proposed an ambitious tax and spending package that closely follows the plan offered six months ago by the chairs of President Obama’s fiscal commission, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson. Their plan is not so much a budget as a framework. In some cases it is quite […]

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Rx for a Double-dip Recession: Cut Government Spending by 15 Percent

By :: June 7th, 2011

Apparently nostalgic for recession, more than 100 House Republicans have proposed to cut federal spending by $550 billion in 2012. The Republican Study Committee (RSC) doesn’t ever quite say this is their plan, but it is. One hardly knows where to begin. This is an amazing number. It implies a 15 percent reduction in government spending […]

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There They Go Again: The ‘People’s Budget’ and High Tax Rates

By :: April 28th, 2011

Will Donald Trump bring Barack Obama’s birth certificate to the Royal wedding? I have no idea, but now that I’ve made our Web optimization folks happy, here is another question: What’s the deal with the People’s Budget, the fiscal plan released this week by 80 congressional progressives? The answer is likely to drive less traffic than […]

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