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AFL-CIO: The umbrella organization for many labor unions in the United States, with AFL standing for American Federation of Labor, and CIO the abbreviation of Congress of Industrial Organizations. The AFL-CIO began as just the AFL in 1886 as a collection of craft unions representing skilled workers. It expanded to include semiskilled and unskilled workers represented by industrial unions. Differing interests among the two groups lead to a division of the original AFL in 1938 into two separate groups -- the AFL containing craft unions and CIO containing industrial unions. This rift was closed in 1955, when the AFL and CIO merged to form the AFL-CIO.

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BANK PANIC: Economy-wide concern over the stability of the banking system prompted by the failure of a few banks, which then contributes to the failure of many more banks, which contributes to the failure of even more banks, in a snowballing effect.

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CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE

A nonpartisan governmental support agency that provides Congress with analyses needed for economic and budget decisions and with the information and estimates required for the Congressional budget process. The Congressional Budget Office was created by the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. It began operating on February 24, 1975. The Congressional Budget Office is composed primarily of economists and public policy analysts. About 70 percent of its professional staff hold advanced degrees in either economics or public policy.

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The portion of aggregate output U.S. citizens pay in taxes (30%) is less than the other six leading industrialized nations -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, or Japan.
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