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Blog | February 2016

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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Feb 26, 2016 | Health Care| Taxes

Additional Offsets for Senator Sanders's Health Plan

In a recent analysis, we praised Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for proposing offsets to pay for his “Medicare-for-all” health plan,...
Maya MacGuineas
Feb 24, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas: The next president must campaign responsibly on fiscal issues

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, wrote an essay for...
Feb 23, 2016 | Economics

Judd Gregg: Lessons from a coming recession

Judd Gregg, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire, served as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee from 2005 to 2007 and ranking member...
Dave Walker
Feb 23, 2016 | Economics

David M. Walker: Transforming Federal Financial Reporting and Auditing

David M. Walker, former Comptroller General of the United States from 1998 to 2008 and a member of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget,...
Feb 23, 2016 | Other Spending

How Senator Ted Cruz Would Increase Defense Spending

Last week, Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) released a new plan to Rebuild America’s Military through a number of...
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Feb 22, 2016 | Taxes| Economics

Senator Ted Cruz's Tax Reform Plan

Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has a “Simple Flat Tax Plan” that would dramatically overhaul and simplify...
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Feb 18, 2016 | Other Spending

Would Sen. Sanders Increase the Government by 40%?

During the Democratic debate on February 11th, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Senator Bernie Sanders’s plans would...
POTUS Budget
Feb 17, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Viewing the President's Budget Through a CBO Lens

The President’s Budget relies on assumptions from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), but we estimate that when it is estimated by the...
Feb 17, 2016 | Social Security

Would Reducing Fraud Make Social Security Solvent?

At the 7th Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump stated that he would “save Social Security” by reducing its “...
President Obama
Feb 12, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Why the President's Last Budget Will Matter

With the release of the President's FY 2017 budget, it is common for reporters and observers to say that the budget is dead on arrival on Capitol...