Congressional Budget Office

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  1. What do you think Congressional Budget Office (CBO) means?

  2. Use Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in a sentence that would impress any first-date.

  3. Think of an example of Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in current events:

  4. Find an image of Congressional Budget Office (CBO): They have a really cool logo!

Fun Fact


Congressional Budget Office (CBO): A nonpartisan agency of Congress that analyzes presidential budget recommendations and estimates the costs of proposed legislation. CBO provides Congress with analyses for economic and budget decisions and with estimates required for the Congressional budget process.


The non-partisan CBO issues a score on major pieces of legislation so that legislators can know the costs of any laws they pass.


What is the CBO, and why does its ‘score’ on the Obamacare repeal matter?


AP U.S. Government and Politics



  1. What does the CBO do?

  2. What do we mean when we say that the CBO is nonpartisan?

  3. What branch of government is the CBO in?

  4. What would be one consequence of eliminating the Congressional Budget Office?

  5. If the Congress decided to eliminate the CBO, would the CBO issue a score on the cost of its own elimination?

  6. Would the CBO logo make a better television station, website, or band logo?

  7. Imagine you were starting a business with the initials: CBO. What would you want CBO to stand for?