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Kurt Couchman

Senior Policy Fellow, Fiscal Policy

Kurt Couchman is senior fellow in fiscal policy for Americans for Prosperity. He develops and supports innovative solutions to federal and state budget challenges while promoting fiscal outcomes that expand freedom, prosperity, and opportunity.

He has previously held positions with the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Defense Priorities, several members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Cato Institute. He is the author of numerous legislative proposals—including two bipartisan balanced budget amendments—and opinion articles, as well as chapters in several edited volumes.

Couchman holds a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania/Cook Honors College. He and his family reside in northern Virginia.

Featured Publications

Why incremental adjustments are a better approach to automatic budget enforcement

Mar 23, 2023 by Kurt Couchman

Congress requires bipartisanship to reach a debt limit deal

Jan 19, 2023 by Kurt Couchman

New CFRB report is a starting point for lowering inflation, reducing the debt

Oct 31, 2022 by Kurt Couchman

President Biden's sweeping student loan giveaways expose the rot in American government

Aug 29, 2022 by Kurt Couchman

Appropriations process highlights need to upgrade congressional budgeting

Jul 22, 2022 by Kurt Couchman

Is Social Security in Trouble? Yes, and We Need Automatic Fiscal Stabilizers to Help

Jul 20, 2022 by Kurt Couchman

Congress's broken budget system helped create inflation

Jul 14, 2022 by Kurt Couchman

President Biden claims credit he didn’t earn, misses the mark on proposals

Jun 1, 2022 by Kurt Couchman

Unparalleled inflation continues its historic rise while Washington points fingers

May 18, 2022 by Kurt Couchman

Senator Braun leads the way back to fiscal sanity

May 15, 2022 by Kurt Couchman

Arrington proposes a next-generation budget amendment

May 15, 2022 by Kurt Couchman

U.S. fiscal health is poor. Here are the GAO's latest solutions.

May 12, 2022 by Kurt Couchman

Congress needs better budget approaches

Apr 8, 2022 by Kurt Couchman

Government shutdowns have always been a mistake

Jan 26, 2022 by Kurt Couchman

DoD's biggest problems with a continuing resolution come from Congress

Jan 10, 2022 by Kurt Couchman

Organizing Congress for budget reforms

Jan 4, 2022 by Kurt Couchman

Stand-alone reconciliation must end

Dec 13, 2021 by Kurt Couchman

Unified budgets can help revive Congress

Dec 1, 2021 by Kurt Couchman

Biden's budget agenda only pretends to be responsible

Nov 12, 2021 by Kurt Couchman

Talking Washington's reconciliation bill with Steve Gruber

Oct 28, 2021 by Kurt Couchman

Discussing banking privacy with the PA Association of Community Bankers

Oct 7, 2021 by Kurt Couchman

Raise the debt limit while starting to fix the budget

Sep 18, 2021 by Kurt Couchman

The Arkansas path to better tax policy

Jul 15, 2021 by Kurt Couchman

States show how Congress can fix a broken budget process

Jun 21, 2021 by Kurt Couchman

A unified budget - a real budget - can empower members and enable coherent management

Feb 1, 2021 by Kurt Couchman

Effective fiscal rules build on consensus

Oct 1, 2020 by Kurt Couchman