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Our briefs succinctly cover basic topics like the national debt and deficits, the federal budget, and why it all matters to you and your family.

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Our infographics and facts quickly explain key topics. 

Interactive Tools

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Our interactive tools make it easier to understand complex topics related to the national debt and federal budget.

Fix the Debt Briefs

National Debt and Deficits

See where the national debt and annual federal budget deficits stand and  what the future outlook is. Learn the difference between debt and  deficits. 

Debt and Deficits

Why it Matters to You

Learn about how rising national debt will affect you and your family, such as through lower economic and wage growth. 

Why It Matters

Federal Budget and Spending

Learn all about the federal budget and government spending. See how the budget process works and where your taxpayer dollars go. 

Federal Budget


 Learn all about federal taxes. See where federal revenue comes from and ideas for comprehensive tax reform. 


Ideas for Action

Check out ideas to fix the debt.


Social Security and Health Care

Learn about the financial challenges facing Social Security and Medicare  and what can be done to strengthen these vital programs. 

Soc Sec and Health

National Debt and Deficit

Everything You Need to Know

Get answers to basic questions about the national debt, like How big is  the debt? And, What is the difference between deficits and debt? 

About the debt

The State of the Debt

A succinct look at the current national debt situation and what it means. 

State of the Debt

The Latest Budget Numbers

Check out the latest federal budget numbers, including the ten-year budget outlook. 

Latest Numbers

Common Myths

Common myths about the national debt are debunked with facts and figures. 


Long-Term Outlook

 Check out the long-term federal budget outlook to see the unsustainable path our national debt is on. 


Debt Ceiling

Our primer on the statutory debt limit.

Debt Limit

Facts of Interest

Facts about national debt interest.

Interest facts

Why It Matters

National Debt and You

See how rising national debt affects you personally.

Debt and you

For Democrats

Why Democrats should want to fix the debt.

For Democrats

For Republicans

Why Republicans should want to fix the debt. 

For republicans

Federal Budget and Government Spending

Federal Budget Primer

Learn what you need to know about the federal budget process. 

Budget Primer

3 Things about the Budget

Some interesting facts about how the government spends taxpayer money that may surprise you. 

3 Things

Government Spending Primer

 A succinct primer on the annual government spending process. 

Spending Primer

Government Shutdown Primer

 A succinct primer on the annual government spending process. 

Shutdown Primer


Tax Reform Resources

Learn about the U.S. tax code and the need for comprehensive tax reform. 

Tax Resources

Need for Tax Reform

See how fundamental tax reform can help fix the debt. 

Tax Reform

Ideas for Action

6 Things Congress Should Do As It Considers the Federal Budget

The federal budget process is faltering just as deficits are skyrocketing. Here are 6 things Congress should do. 

6 Things for the Budget

5 Ways Washington Can Make Good on Promises to Fix the Debt

President Trump says he wants to tackle rising national debt. We highlight 5 ways to do it. 

5 Ways to Fix the Debt

5 Ways Congress Should Respond to Trillion-Dollar Deficits

Perpetual trillion-dollar deficits are now on the horizon. Here are 5 ways Congress should respond. 

How to Respond to $1 Trillion Deficits

Social Security and Health care

Securing Social Security

The Social Security trust fund faces insolvency. Beneficiaries will be better off if it is strengthened sooner rather than later. 

Securing Social Security

Improving Medicare

Instead of unrealistic promises, Medicare needs reform to keep it sustainable. 

Fixing Medicare

Interactive Tools

Is It Worth It?


Check out the cost of policies Congress may consider and compare with key items currently in the federal budget.

The Debt Fixer


The Debt Fixer interactive budget tool gives you the ability to show how to Fix the Debt.

How Old Will You Be?


See how old you will be when Social Security's trust funds run out and how it will affect you.

Is It Worth It? Notes

Policy Proposals

“Border Wall Requested Funding for 2020” is based on President Trump’s request to Congress for funding construction of a wall on the southern border in his fiscal year 2020 budget.

“Continue Bipartisan Budget Act Increases” is the average annual cost of extending discretionary spending increases in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which repealed the “sequestration” spending cuts.

“Free College Tuition” is based on the average annual cost of the proposal from Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during the 2016 presidential campaign to make public college tuition free for all Americans.

"Green New Deal, Non-Healthcare" is the annual average of the high and low estimates from the American Action Forum's (AAF) interpretation of the Green New Deal resolution introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). This figure excludes the universal health care portion of the proposal because there is a separate "Medicare for All" estimate in the tool.

“Increase Social Security Benefits by 5 Percent” is the average annual cost of increasing benefits for all Social Security recipients by 5 percent.

"Infrastructure Spending" is the average annual cost of the $2 trillion infrastructure proposal floated by President Trump and congressional Democratic leaders.

“LIFT the Middle Class Act” is the average annual cost of legislation (S.4) introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), which would provide a refundable tax credit up to $6,000 a year to families earning less than $100,000 annually.

“Medicare for All” is the average additional annual cost of government-run universal health care, based on estimates of  the proposal from Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during the 2016  presidential campaign. This estimate is the additional spending by the  federal government, which most proposals have not discussed how to finance.

“Pension Reform” is based on the average annual cost of the Butch Lewis Act of 2017, sponsored by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), which would make loans to underfunded pension plans.

“Repeal ‘Cadillac’ and Medical Device Taxes” is the average annual cost of eliminating the tax on high-cost health insurance  plans that will take effect starting in 2020, known as the ‘Cadillac Tax,” and the excise tax on the value of medical devices sold in the  U.S.

“Repeal Estate Tax” is the average annual cost of eliminating the tax on inherited estates.

“Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” is the average annual cost of the tax cuts passed in 2017.

“Tax Cuts 2.0” is the average annual cost of legislation introduced in late 2018 that would make permanent the individual tax reductions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Federal Spending

Defense and Military Benefits” is budget function 050, which includes the military activities of the Department of Defense, the nuclear weapons-related activities of the Department of Energy, and the national security activities of several other agencies. And budget function 700, which is benefits and services for veterans.

Foreign Aid and International Programs” is budget function 150, which includes providing military assistance to allies; aiding developing nations; and providing economic assistance to fledgling democracies through agencies such as the Department of State; the United States Agency for International Development; the Peace Corps; and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

“Energy” is federal budget function 270. It includes civilian energy and environmental programs in the Department of Energy, the Rural Utilities Service of the Department of Agriculture, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

“Transportation” is federal budget function 400. It consists of programs that support and oversee various modes of transportation, including highways, mass transit, rail, air, and maritime transportation. 

“Administration of Justice” is federal budget function 750. It involves programs that provide federal law enforcement, litigation and judicial services, federal correctional operations, and state and local criminal justice  assistance. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons are some of the agencies within this function.