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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.

Oct 21, 2016 | Social Security

Event Recap: How Would Americans Fix Social Security?

On October 18, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget co-hosted an event with Voice of the People to discuss the latest findings of their...
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Oct 20, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Social Security, Health, and Interest Spending Account for Four-Fifths of Spending Growth

The deficit will rise dramatically over the next decade, from about $590 billion at the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 to over $1.2 trillion at the end...
Oct 19, 2016 | Taxes

Would Clinton Double Some People's Taxes?

During the third presidential debate on October 19, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said about Hillary Clinton's tax plan, "Her...
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Oct 19, 2016 | Social Security

Five Easy Fixes that Won't Save Social Security

Tonight’s Presidential debate will include a discussion of debt and entitlements, which hopefully touches on the looming insolvency of the...
Oct 19, 2016

Let's Have a Real Debate

Cross-posted on the Fix the Debt blog The first two presidential debates offered a lot of drama but little substance. So the final debate...
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Will Obamacare Be One of the Biggest Line Items in the Budget?

During the second presidential debate on October 9, Donald Trump said in response to a question about the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare...
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Oct 18, 2016 | Social Security

The Social Security COLA for 2017 Has Been Announced

Today the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security benefits next year will be 0.3...
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Oct 11, 2016 | Social Security

Three Takes on Reforming Social Security

Though neither major party presidential nominee has offered a plan to shore up the Social Security trust funds, prompt action is needed to prevent...
Oct 7, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

The Fiscal State of Play

Some commentators have made the argument that our nation’s fiscal challenges are not particularly large. So what is the fiscal state of play?...
Oct 7, 2016 | Budget Process

Senator Perdue Outlines Ideas for Budget Process Reform

After leading a colloquy on the Senate floor regarding problems with the budget process, Senator David Perdue (R-GA) outlined his plans for budget...