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Blog | March 2020

Welcome to our blog – The Bottom Line, where you’ll find up-to-date commentary and analysis on the most important news in the fiscal world. Below is a list of our blog posts.
Mar 25, 2020 | Economics

What's in the $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package?

The Senate is expected to vote tonight on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – the third and most expansive package...
Mar 23, 2020 | Other Spending

These Provisions Have No Place in an Emergency Bill

Negotiators continue to work on a third response bill to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with legislation proposed today by ...
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Mar 19, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

CBO Updates Budget Projections Before Coronavirus Impact

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its updated budget projections, showing the national debt is on an unsustainable path. Under...

How Much Would Sending People Checks Cost?

Experts and lawmakers are considering numerous options to help support the economy during the COVID-19 crisis. Last week, we estimated that fiscal...
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Mar 19, 2020 | Budget Process

Upcoming Congressional Fiscal Policy Deadlines

Updated 3/19/2020: Key authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) expired on March 15. While the House passed a version on...
Mar 11, 2020 | Taxes

How Much Would Suspending the Payroll Tax Cost?

Policymakers are discussing several economic stimulus ideas in response to the coronavirus outbreak, including reports that yesterday President Trump...
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Mar 11, 2020 | Budget Process

PAYGO Tracker: FY 2020

Update: Due to the flurry of legislative activity to address the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended regular updates of the PAYGO tracker. The...
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Mar 9, 2020 | Budget Process

Blue Dogs to House Budget Committee: Produce a Budget

Several members of the House Blue Dog Coalition sent a letter to House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) last week calling for the...
Mar 6, 2020

Maya MacGuineas: Capitalism's Addiction Problem

Maya MacGuineas is president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and runs its program Capitalism, Technology, and the Economy. She...
Mar 4, 2020 | Health Care

Lawmakers Release Emergency Funding Request on Coronavirus

Appropriators released today their $8.3 billion emergency funding bill to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak, $5.8 billion more than the $2...

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