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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.

Jul 2, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Parties Discuss Sequester Working Groups

A few members of Congress are now proposing House-Senate working groups to try and negotiate a compromise that would avoid the squester. From The...
Jun 29, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

The OECD Recommends a "Go Smart" Approach

This week the OECD released its biennial Economic Surveys on the United States, with the organization's economic recommendations for...
Jun 29, 2012 | Budget Process

The True Cost of Federal Credit Programs?

In a new report released yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office looked at the difference in accounting methods used to score federal credit...
Jun 28, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

So, You Want to Pay For a $70 Billion Spending Increase With a $200 Billion Tax Cut?

According to CNN, the White House has floated a plan to deal with the fiscal cliff, one which would turn off a few provisions temporarily. Their plan...
Jun 28, 2012 | Health Care

What the Supreme Court Decision Means for the Budget

Today, the Supreme Court announced its ruling on the constitutionality of the 2010 healthcare law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (...

Administration May Get Even More Difficult for the IRS

It's no secret that Congress hasn't been making the IRS's life very easy. In a time of discretionary spending caps, they are looking to reduce the...
Jun 27, 2012 | Other Spending

Deadlines Approach for Student Loans and Highways

UPDATE: Congress has reached a deal on a two-year highway bill.There is a lot happening this week in addition to the Supreme Court's decision on the...
Jun 27, 2012 | Health Care

CRFB Releases New Health Care Paper

Today, CRFB released its newest paper outlining options for controlling federal health care costs. Federal health spending is projected to grow at a...
Jun 27, 2012

Six Articles on the Defense Sequester

Today in The Hill, they have put together a six article package on the looming automatic cuts to the defense budget found in the sequester. These...
Jun 26, 2012

Line Items: Supreme Contempt Edition

Decisions, Decisions – Washington waits with bated breath for the Supreme Court to rule Thursday on the constitutionality of the Affordable...
Jun 26, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Don't Delay, Fix The Cliff!

A new story is suggesting that members of Congress from both parties are trying to delay the sequester until March. This is not the first time...
Jun 26, 2012 | Health Care

No Matter What the Supreme Court Rules, Challenges Lie Ahead

Politicos, policy wonks, and citizens will all be eagerly waiting Monday for a possible Supreme Court’s ruling on the ACA. Speculation in...
Jun 25, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Acting Quickly on the Cliff Is Not As Important As Doing It Right

An article today in POLITICO games out four possible scenarios for how the fiscal cliff could be resolved (or not). They discuss the benefits and...
Jun 25, 2012

MY VIEW: Judd Gregg

In an op-ed in The Hill, former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) urged Congress to begin to take action on the budget before the election. He says that rather...
Jun 22, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Appropriations Update: Both Sides Moving Separately

Although a bit under the radar, the appropriations process in both the House and Senate is moving forward in a relatively timely manner (OK, maybe...
Jun 21, 2012 | Other Spending

Senate Passes Farm Bill

The Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act (i.e. the 2012 Farm Bill) today on a 64-35 vote. The bill included $969 billion of...
Jun 21, 2012 | Health Care

Alternative Estimates of the Individual Mandate

On Monday, we presented a budgetary analysis of the effect the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act could have on the budget. Naturally...
Jun 20, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Senator Judd Gregg Increasingly Involved in Deficit Reduction Talks

The Hill has an informative article today on how former chair of the Senate Budget committee, former Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) is increasingly...

Don't Move the Cliff...Fix the Cliff

We're seeing more stories, in recent days, floating the idea that policymakers might waive the entire fiscal cliff, at least temporarily. One piece...
Jun 19, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Domenici and Rivlin Testify to Senate Finance Committee

Former Director of the CBO Alice Rivlin and Former Sen. Pete Domenici testified today to the Senate Finance Committee on the long-term debt problem,...

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