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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.

May 25, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Marc Goldwein: President Trump’s Budget Defies Gravity

Marc Goldwein is the senior vice president and senior policy director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote an opinion...
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May 24, 2017 | Health Care

CBO's Estimate of the House-Passed AHCA

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released their updated score of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as passed by the House of...
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May 24, 2017

Maya MacGuineas' Op-ed on the Trump Budget

Maya MacGuineas is president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently...
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May 23, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

A Quick Summary of President Trump's FY 2018 Budget

Today, President Trump released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget, the first full budget proposal of his presidency. We will publish a full analysis...
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May 19, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

The Progressive Caucus "People's Budget"

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) released their “The People’s Budget: A Roadmap for the Resistance.” The budget is the first...
May 19, 2017

CRFB Co-Chair Mitch Daniels Inducted into Order of the Rising Sun

Yesterday, the Government of Japan presented CRFB Co-Chair Mitch Daniels with the Order of the Rising Sun, one of the country’s highest honors. The...
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May 17, 2017 | Health Care

How to Reduce Medicare Spending Without Cutting Benefits

During the 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump argued against making cuts to Social Security and Medicare. At the time, we showed that...
May 12, 2017 | Taxes

Factchecking Trump's Interview with The Economist

This week's issue of The Economist featured an interview with President Donald Trump covering economic, health, tax, and trade policy.  We...
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May 12, 2017 | Taxes

David Stockman: Trump's Tax Plan Never Had a Chance

David Stockman served as the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Reagan administration and is currently a member of the board of...
Maya MacGuineas
May 12, 2017

Maya MacGuineas: Declaring War on Fiscal Responsibility

Maya MacGuineas is president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently...
May 9, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Drivers of Spending Growth in the Long Term

The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) latest Long-Term Budget Outlook projects that federal debt held by the public will exceed the size of the...
May 9, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

CRFB to Budget Committee Chairmen: Focus on the Debt

We sent a letter to House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black (R-TN) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) last week asking them to...
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May 4, 2017 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2017

Last updated 5/4/17. Both the House (by a 309-118 vote) and the Senate (by a 79-18 vote) have passed the FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bills, which...
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May 3, 2017 | Health Care

How Much Will the Revised Health Bill Cost?

House Republicans are reportedly nearing a deal to vote on passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to repeal and replace the Affordable Care...
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CRFB Explainer: Gimmicks in the FY 17 Omnibus Bill

A negotiated deal to fund the government through the rest of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 has passed the House of Representatives, with final passage...
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May 3, 2017

Maya MacGuineas Participates in The Hill Panel on Tax Reform

Shortly before President Trump released his tax plan, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas participated in The Hill's...
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May 2, 2017

Maya MacGuineas Weighs in on Fox News

Shortly after the Trump administration released the details of its new tax plan, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas...
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May 1, 2017

Maya MacGuineas Named a "Distinguished Person of the Week" by Washington Post Blogger

In her Washington Post blog, "Right Turn," Jennifer Rubin decided to recognize a few "Distinguished Persons of the Week." Her first mention was...
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Apr 28, 2017 | Taxes

Maya MacGuineas: Trump's Tax Plan Will Add $5.5 Trillion to the Debt

Maya MacGuineas is president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently...
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Apr 28, 2017 | Budget Process

The Byrd Rule and Its Effect on Health Reform: A Short Guide

Recent press reports have suggested that amendments to the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—legislation to replace "Obamacare"—might run afoul of a...

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