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    Congress' chief scorekeeper warned Wednesday that the country's top lawmakers can't continue to put off big decisions on the budget and the economy much longer, and said either path — belt-tightening now or even deeper cuts later — will be painful.

  • ** FILE ** Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat (The Washington Times)

    Debt panel facing CBO heat

    The bipartisan supercommittee's proposal for addressing the nation's debt woes is due two weeks from Wednesday, but the panel already has hit a deadline that Congress' official scorekeeper says should be met to ensure the numbers add up.

  • ** FILE ** Douglas W. Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Supercommittee stays opaque

    The congressional debt-reduction panel met publicly for the first time in more than a month Wednesday but offered little public evidence of making progress as the clock ticks toward a Thanksgiving deadline.

  • Mr. Elmendorf said Tuesday that if the new deficit supercommittee is going to meet its Thanksgiving deadline for a deal, his office will need to see an agreement in early November. The supercommittee held its first hearing Tuesday. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

    Budget director cuts time for supercommittee to reduce deficit

    Congress' chief scorekeeper effectively shortened the window for the new deficit supercommittee to reach a deal, saying Tuesday that if lawmakers are going to meet their Thanksgiving deadline, his office will need to see an agreement at the beginning of November.

  • Douglas W. Elmendorf is director of the Congressional Budget Office.

    CBO: 'Great deal of the pain' of downturn still to come

    Congress' official scorekeeper said Tuesday that the United States will continue to see slow economic growth for the next several years as job openings and a lack of demand for goods and services continue to block a speedier rebound.

  • ** FILE ** Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office. (AP Photo)

    Full tax-cut extension good in short term, worse in long run, CBO director says

    A full, permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts could help the economy grow by nearly 2 percent more next year — and would be a bigger boost than just a partial extension, Congress' chief scorekeeper said Tuesday.

Douglas W. Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, testified Wednesday to a House subcommittee. He made a pitch to add new staff to his stressed-out team, noting the work is so continuous that his computer technicians have a hard time finding a chance to update software.

    CBO feels crush of health care requests

    President Obama's agenda has so overloaded Congress that its legislative gatekeepers - the analysts who score each bill and the auditors who weed out waste and fraud - can't keep up.

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