Barry Poulson and John Merrifield
Since 2005, the Congressional Budget Office has published an annual report on the long-term sustainability of U.S. fiscal policies.
Republicans in Congress appear to be at an impasse in their efforts to reform health care programs.
In the coming weeks, Congress will again debate increasing the debt limit.
The Great Recession and slower economic growth in recent years have been accompanied by a discontinuous increase in debt-to-GDP ratios in most countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), most notably the United States.