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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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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

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

Infographics and Facts

Interactive Tools

The Debt Fixer

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

Debt Fixer

When Social Security's Trust Funds Run Out

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

How Old