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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.

May 4, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Millennials: Your Next President Should Be Concerned About the Debt

In a recent op-ed in TIME, Michael A. Peterson, the president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, outlined why millennials need the next...
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May 1, 2016 | Other Spending

House and Senate Move Forward on Appropriations

April 15 is the annual statutory deadline for passing a conferenced budget resolution though the House and Senate, which is intended to formally kick...
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Apr 29, 2016 | Budget Process

Event Recap: Fixing the Budget Process

As part of our Better Budget Process Initiative, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget recently hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill called...
Apr 26, 2016

CRFB Mentioned in Three Presidential Debates

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has been mentioned by name in three presidential debates over the past few months. This is a good sign...
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Apr 18, 2016 | Taxes

Tax Day 2016: Charts to Explain our Tax System

Today is Tax Day! Our partners at Fix the Debt have republished their annual chartbook to explain federal taxes – including who pays them, what...
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Apr 14, 2016 | Social Security

Event Recap: McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative Recommendations Release

On Wednesday, April 6, the McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative released its final recommendations and book of policy proposals dedicated...
Maya MacGuineas
Apr 14, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas: Our Debt Problem Needs Action—Not Empty Promises: 5 questions for candidates on balancing the budget

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, wrote an article...
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Apr 14, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Halfway Through the Year, FY 2016 Leads FY 2015 in Deficits

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its Monthly Budget Review for March recently, so we now have data for the first half of Fiscal Year (...
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Apr 8, 2016 | Taxes

The Obama Administration Moves on Business Tax Changes

The topic of tax reform made the news on Monday as the Obama Administration simultaneously took regulatory steps to further limit corporate...
Apr 7, 2016 | Taxes| Other Spending

FAA Bill Should Not Turn Into an April Christmas Tree

Update: The Congressional Budget Office has released its score of the Senate FAA bill, estimating that it would reduce ten-year deficits by a...
Apr 6, 2016 | Economics

Is Sustained 5 Percent Annual Growth Possible?

Since faster economic growth would represent a boon for wages and the fiscal situation, a number of Presidential candidates have been promising or...
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Apr 5, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Interest Spending Looms Large in the Next Decade

In a recent blog post on The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire, director of Brookings Institution's Hutchins Center David Wessel outlines...
Social Security
Apr 5, 2016 | Social Security

Blahous Tells it Like it is with Social Security

Voters say they want a candidate that “tells them like it is,” but as Social Security Trustee Charles Blahous describes, that may mean...
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Apr 4, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Can Donald Trump Pay Off the National Debt in 8 Years?

In a recent interview, presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would pay off the nation’s $19 trillion debt “over a period of eight...
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Apr 4, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Katherine Gehl & Maya MacGuineas: Debt and deficits rising: Who has courage?

Katherine Gehl, former president & CEO of Gehl Foods, Inc., and a member of the CEO Fiscal Leadership Council of the Campaign to Fix the Debt,...
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Mar 31, 2016 | Health Care

CBO's New One-Stop Shop for Federal Spending on Health Insurance Coverage

CBO's March baseline is typically a brief update of budget projections for the next decade, but this year CBO has provided a new comprehensive...
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Mar 31, 2016 | Other Spending| Taxes

Sanders's Paid Family Leave Plan, Explained

Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has a Family Values Agenda built upon current legislation that calls...
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Mar 30, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Breaking Down CBO's Analysis of the President's Budget

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its own estimate of the FY 2017 President's budget yesterday, a document that includes a 16-page...
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Mar 29, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

CBO Releases Its Own Take on the President's Budget

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today released its analysis of the Fiscal Year 2017 President's budget, finding that under the President...
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Mar 29, 2016 | Health Care

Provider Tax Limits Should Be On The Table for Medicaid Reform

Recently, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) criticized the House Energy & Commerce (E&C) Committee for proposing to limit...