7 million new jobs in one year

$4.4 trillion in deficit reduction

We’re in a jobs crisis that isn’t going away.  Millions of hard-working American families are falling behind, and the richest 1 percent is taking home a bigger chunk of our nation’s gains every year. Americans face a choice: we can either cut Medicare benefits to pay for more tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, or we can close these tax loopholes to invest in jobs.  We choose investment.  The Back to Work Budget invests in America’s future because the best way to reduce our long-term deficit is to put America back to work.  In the first year alone, we create nearly 7 million American jobs and increase GDP by 5.7%.  We reduce unemployment to near 5% in three years with a jobs plan that includes repairing our nation’s roads and bridgesand putting the teachers, cops and firefighters who have borne the brunt of our economic downturn back to work.  We reduce the deficit by $4.4 trillion by closing tax loopholes and asking the wealthy to pay a fair share.  We repeal the arbitrary sequester and the Budget Control Act that are damaging the economy, and strengthen Medicare and Medicaid, which provide high quality, low-cost medical coverage to millions of Americans when they need it most.  This is what the country voted for in November.  It’s time we side with America’s middle class and invest in their future.


The Economic Policy Institute Policy Center provided technical assistance in developing, scoring, modeling, and analyzing the Back to Work budget. EPI’s analysis can be seen here: The ‘Back to Work’ budget: Analysis of the Congressional Progressive Caucus budget for fiscal year 2014

Job Creation

 Infrastructure – substantially increases infrastructure investment to the level the American Society of Civil Engineers says is necessary to close our infrastructure needs gap 

 Education – funds school modernizations and rehiring laid-off teachers

 Aid to States – closes the recession-caused gap in state budgets for two years, allowing the rehiring of cops, firefighters, and other public employees 

 Making Work Pay – boosts consumer demand by reinstating an expanded tax credit for three years 

 Emergency Unemployment Compensation – allows beneficiaries to claim up to 99 weeks of unemployment benefits in high-unemployment states for two years 

 Public Works Job Programs and Aid to Distressed Communities – includes job programs such as a Park Improvement Corps, Student Jobs Corps, and Child Care Corps

Fair Individual Tax  

 Immediately allows Bush tax cuts to expire for families earning over $250K

 Higher tax rates for millionaires and billionaires (from 45% to 49%)

 Taxes income from investments the same as income from wages 

Fair Corporate Tax

 Ends corporate tax bias toward moving jobs and profits overseas 

 Enacts a financial transactions tax 

 Reduces deductions for corporate jets, meals, and entertainment 


 Returns Pentagon spending to 2006 levels, focusing on modern security needs

Health Care

 No benefit cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security 

 Reduces health care costs by adopting a public option, negotiating drug prices, and reducing fraud


 Prices carbon pollution with a rebate to hold low income households harmless 

 Eliminates corporate tax subsidies for oil, gas, and coal companies GETTING AMERICANS BACK TO WORK



Full budget documents are below. 

Resumen Ejecutivo (02/27/1503:29 PMET )
Executive Summary (02/27/1503:26 PMET )