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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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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...
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 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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Mar 4, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Thoughtful Deficit Reduction in the President’s Budget

While much of the decline in debt as a share of GDP in the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget comes from rosy economic growth assumptions and...
Maya MacGuineas
Mar 3, 2020

Maya MacGuineas: Both Republicans and Democrats are ignoring a growing danger to our economy and national security: the national debt

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...
Mar 3, 2020 | Taxes

How Much Does a Payroll Tax Holiday Cost?

President Trump tweeted support for a one-year payroll tax cut Monday evening, saying: The Democrats in the House should propose a very simple...
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Mar 2, 2020 | Health Care

How Will Candidate Plans Affect Total Health Costs?

We recently updated our estimates of the budgetary impacts of health care reform plans put forward by 2020 presidential candidates Joe Biden,...

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