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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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Jan 10, 2017 | Health Care

Repeal and Delay Shouldn't Increase Near-Term Deficits

Last week, we estimated that repealing the Affordable Care Act's ("Obamacare" or "ACA") revenue and coverage provisions would...
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Jan 6, 2017 | Health Care

Full Repeal of Obamacare Would Hasten Medicare's Insolvency

Earlier this week, we released a report estimating the cost full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, and the savings...
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Jan 6, 2017 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2017

The government is currently being funded by a continuing resolution (CR), passed in December 2016, through April 28, 2017. On January 12, 2017, the...
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Jan 5, 2017 | Health Care

Different Approaches to ACA Repeal have Different Costs and/or Savings

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Wall Street Journal Washington Wire...
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Jan 5, 2017 | Health Care

Video: Cost of Repealing the Affordable Care Act

Newsy Newslook made a handy video for USA Today explaining our new report on the cost of repealing the Affordable Care Act. The report shows full...
Jan 3, 2017 | Health Care

Chairman Enzi Introduces FY 2017 Budget Resolution Providing for ACA Repeal in Senate

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced a budget resolution for fiscal year (FY) 2017 today narrowly focused on repealing the...
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Jan 3, 2017 | Taxes

Lowering the Bar for "Revenue Neutral" Tax Reform

One of the key questions of comprehensive tax reform will be its budgetary target.  Congressional leaders have set a revenue-neutral target,...
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Dec 26, 2016

2016 Fiscal Follies and Reasons for Hope

As 2016 comes to a close, it’s time to look back at the top fiscal developments of the year. Being optimists here at the Committee for a...
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Dec 22, 2016 | Budget Process

Event Recap: Gene Steuerle Explains How the Budget Offices Can Reframe Our Long-Term Budget Problems

At the Savings and Retirement Foundation’s December meeting, Gene Steuerle, Urban Institute Fellow and CRFB Board Member, presented his recent...
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Dec 22, 2016 | Social Security

CBO Releases Additional Details on Social Security Projections

CBO's annual report on their long-term projections for Social Security continues to show a major shortfall for the program, even larger than the...
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Dec 19, 2016 | Other Spending| Taxes

Can Delaney Provide a Bipartisan Way Forward for Infrastructure and Tax Reform?

As discussions about President-elect Trump's first 100 days agenda continue, Representative John Delaney (D-MD) is suggesting that a bill he...
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Dec 14, 2016 | Social Security

The Greenspan Commission at 35: Time for Another Commission?

December 16 marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the National Commission on Social Security Reform – or the Greenspan Commission...
Dec 12, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Mike Murphy: 10 Things Trump Should Do to Secure Our Fiscal Future

Mike Murphy, the Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, wrote a guest post that...
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Dec 9, 2016 | Social Security

Johnson Introduces Social Security Solvency Legislation

Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security introduced a bill yesterday to make Social Security sustainably...
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Dec 9, 2016 | Economics

Don't Count on 4% Growth

During the campaign, President-elect Trump frequently claimed his policies would grow the economy by 4 percent per year, also mentioning growth...
Dec 8, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

CBO Releases 2016 Budget Options

The Congressional Budget Office released a report Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2017 to 2026, with 115 budget options that either increase...
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Dec 8, 2016 | Budget Process

Event Recap: Chairman Price Releases Budget Process Agenda

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) outlined his recommendations for budget process reforms last week during a keynote lecture at an...
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Dec 7, 2016

Co-Chairs Daniels, Panetta, and Penny Urge Trump to be Fiscally Responsible

At an event in Washington, DC on December 1, CRFB co-chairs Mitch Daniels, Leon Panetta, and Tim Penny presented their memo to President-elect Donald...
Rudolph Penner
Nov 30, 2016 | Taxes

Rudolph Penner: Enacting the Trump Fiscal Agenda Won't Be Easy

Dr. Rudolph Penner was the director of the Congressional Budget Office from 1983 to 1987, and he is an Institute Fellow at the Urban ...
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Nov 30, 2016 | Health Care

What's The Plan to Replace 'Obamacare'?

When President-elect Trump takes office, repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") is likely to be an early agenda item...

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