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  • Chart of the Day: How Taxes and Transfers Affect US Incomes

    By Michael Rainey

    A new analysis of the distribution of household income by the Congressional Budget Office shows how taxes and means-tested transfers such as Medicaid and food stamps affect US incomes. “The combined...

  • FILE PHOTO: A combine drives over stalks of soft red winter wheat during the harvest on a farm in Dixon, Illinois

    Improving Odds for the Farm Bill

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    The Farm Bill has been held up by a dispute over new work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, among other issues. House Republicans passed a bill that includes...

  • U.S. President Trump talks to reporters as he departs the White House in Washington

    Build That Wall? The Next Budget Battle Ahead

    By Michael Rainey

    Congress reconvenes for a lame-duck session next week and funding for President Trump’s border wall with Mexico will be front and center as lawmakers turn to unsettled budget items for the current...

  • The U.S. Capitol Building is seen at sunset in Washington, U.S. May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Zach Gibson

    Fiscal Mayhem Ahead in 2019 — and 5 Other Takes on the Election Results

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    Prepare for budget mayhem: “The budget bottom line is simple: Senate Republicans will have a very different fiscal agenda than House Democrats, and both houses’ tax and spending to-do lists will be...

  • Pelosi leads Democratic members of Congress in a rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

    What Should Democrats Do Now That They’ve Won the House?

    By Michael Rainey

    With Democrats winning control of the House Tuesday, political experts are lining up to give advice on what they should do with their new powers. While there’s little chance of enacting significant...

  • Transfer Payments Hit $3 Trillion Annual Pace

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    Total government transfers reached $3 trillion on an annualized basis for the first time in September, according to data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis Monday. Transfer payments include...

  • Defense Firms Don’t Like Competing on Price

    By Michael Rainey

    Boeing has won three big defense contracts in recent weeks, and its competitors aren’t happy about it. According to The Wall Street Journal Thursday, rivals including Lockheed Martin are worried that...

  • Trump speaks at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington

    Trump Wants ‘Revolutionary’ Changes to Medicare Drug Payments

    President Trump on Thursday said his administration is taking “revolutionary” action to change how Medicare pays for some drugs and end what he described as a “rigged” and “unfair” system that...

  • The Air Force’s $1,280 Coffee Cup

    By Michael Rainey

    Keeping a cup of coffee hot can be a pricey proposition if you happen to serve on a U.S. Air Force transport jet. Crew members on more than 300 KC-10, C-5 and C-17 aircraft use specially designed...

  • Spain in recession as austerity bites deep

    Bond Traders Shrug Off Massive Debt Auctions

    By Michael Rainey

    The U.S. Treasury is issuing $276 billion in debt this week as the deficit continues to soar in the wake of the tax cuts and higher government spending this year, with some specific bills and notes...

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