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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.

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Dec 31, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Our Top Fiscal Charts of 2019

2019 was a busy year for budget policy, which gave us ample opportunities to conduct substantive policy analysis using charts and tables. This...
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Dec 30, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

The Decade in the Federal Budget

When it comes to fiscal policy, the 2010s have been quite a rollercoaster. Below, we’ve identified a few major budgetary trends and patterns of the...
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Dec 24, 2019 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2020

Updated 12/24/2019: Congress did not complete action on appropriations before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. Congress enacted a continuing...
Dec 19, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Policymakers Added $2.2 Trillion to the Debt in 2019

With Congress finishing up appropriations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, including additional provisions that will add $500 billion in debt over the next...
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Dec 18, 2019 | Health Care| Taxes

Appropriations Deal Will Cost $2.1 Trillion Over 20 Years

The appropriations deal's numerous deficit-increasing policies, most notably its permanent repeal of three Affordable Care Act (ACA) taxes,...
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Dec 18, 2019 | Other Spending

Cory Booker's "Baby Bonds" Plan

Presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has put forward a proposal to establish savings accounts for every child born in America funded...
Dec 17, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Mike Murphy: Unlike Politicians in D.C., Some Are Willing to Work Together

Mike Murphy is the Chief of Staff and Director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget's FixUs initiative. He recently wrote an op-ed...
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Dec 17, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas: Will the Federal Government's Nonstop Spending Binge Continue?

Maya MacGuineas is president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently wrote an...
Dec 16, 2019 | Health Care| Taxes

Spending Package Could Add $500 Billion to Debt

Update 12/17/19: CBO and JCT have now estimated the year-end spending package after a late-night addition by the House Rules Committee. The bill now...
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Dec 13, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

OECD: U.S. Has the Highest Deficit

The United States had the highest deficit in 2018 among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries...
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Dec 13, 2019 | Social Security

Maya MacGuineas: Utah Statesmen Seek to Fix Our Most Pressing Problems

Maya MacGuineas is president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently wrote an...
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Dec 13, 2019 | Economics

Erskine Bowles and Henry Paulson: How to Get Americans to Love Capitalism Again

Erskine Bowles served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 1998 and is a member of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget...
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Dec 11, 2019 | Taxes

Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Takes on Temporary Tax Breaks

The Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote an opinion piece today decrying special interest tax subsidies that may be added to a year-end...
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Burchett, Case, and Womack Introduce RAFT Act

One way to begin addressing our unsustainable fiscal situation is to set fiscal goals, which could come in the form of debt targets. A new...
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Dec 3, 2019

Support Us on #GivingTuesday

This #GivingTuesday, support the nonpartisan work of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.  Your tax-deductible contribution will...
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Dec 3, 2019

Win $5,000 from the Fiscal Fallout Contest

We are now accepting submissions for our Fiscal Fallout Contest, where students are given the opportunity to put a human face on the consequences...
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Nov 25, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Case and Womack Introduce Sustainable Budget Act

Building on bipartisan momentum for addressing our unsustainable fiscal situation, Representative Ed Case (D-HI) and House Budget Committee Ranking...
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Nov 21, 2019 | Budget Process

Enzi-Whitehouse Budget Process Bill Includes Important Reforms

The Senate Budget Committee recently marked up and reported bipartisan legislation to reform the budget process. The Bipartisan Congressional Budget...
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Nov 21, 2019 | Health Care

Watch: Opportunities for Lowering Health Care Costs

On November 21, we hosted a major event on reducing health care costs for families, businesses, and the federal government. The event featured...
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Nov 20, 2019

Factchecking and Live-Tweeting the Democratic Presidential Primary Debates

Tonight's Democratic presidential primary debate marks the fifth round of debates of the 2020 campaign and will surely touch on fiscal...

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