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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.

Mar 27, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Cooper and LaTourette Introduce Bipartisan Budget Resolution

In addition to the House Republican budget, a number of other budget resolutions have come out within the past few days (we will be writing about...
Mar 27, 2012 | Taxes

Line Items: Bloom and Gloom Edition

Bloom and Gloom – Washington’s famous Cherry Blossoms bloomed just ahead of the festival in their honor, and most promptly disappeared...

The House Republican Approach to the Sequester

One of the more complicated aspects of Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) budget is what he does with the sequester that will take effect on January 2, 2013...
Mar 26, 2012 | Taxes

The True Size of Government?

It is often said that tax expenditures operate as "spending through the tax code" and often obscure what the true size of government is....
Mar 23, 2012 | Health Care

The Affordable Care Act At 2 Years Old

On this day two years ago, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the first of two pieces of legislation...

It Turns Out Ryan and Obama Agree on Putting Medicare in a Budget

With Congressman Paul Ryan's (R-WI) new budget comes an interesting piece of good news: an apparent agreement between House Republicans and President...
Mar 23, 2012

MY VIEW: Erskine Bowles

In a blog post entitled "Don't Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good" on the Committee for Economic Development's new blog Back in the...
Mar 22, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

The Ryan Budget in the Long Term

According to CBO’s report on the budget targets specified by Chairman Ryan and his staff (not a more traditional scoring of policies for...

Budget Process Reforms in the Ryan Budget

The FY 2013 House Republican budget resolution, which has now been passed by the Budget Committee 19-18, contains a number of sweeping changes to the...
Mar 21, 2012 | Taxes

Tax Reform in the Ryan Budget

As the House Republican budget resolution has come out and alternatives will be sure to follow, CRFB is rolling out a blog series looking at all the...
Mar 20, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Ryan Reprise: House Budget Committee Chairman Releases New Budget

This morning, House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) presented the House Republican budget, one that is similar to last year's budget...

Fiscal Fact Checker: What Has Happened to CBO's Estimate of the Affordable Care Act?

CBO's most recent estimate of the insurance coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act has sparked a debate about how CBO's estimate of ACA has...
Mar 19, 2012 | Health Care

Washington Post Editorial Board Makes the Case for IPAB

With the House of Repressive getting ready to vote on a full repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), the Washington Post Editorial...
Mar 19, 2012 | Budget Process| Health Care

Line Items: March to Madness Edition

Mad, Mad World – There’s enough madness in DC to go around. Lawmakers from opposite parties seem perpetually angry at each other, yet...
Mar 16, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

CBO and OMB In Tune on President's Budget

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of President Obama's FY 2013 budget proposals. In a somewhat surprising...
Mar 15, 2012 | Budget Process| Taxes

An Odd Couple: Millionaire Surtax Paired with Balanced Budget Amendment Requirement

In what was surprising news to many when, yesterday, freshman Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR) announced that he would introduce legislation that would...
Mar 15, 2012 | Other Spending

Senate Passes Transportation Bill

Yesterday, the Senate passed a two-year $109 billion transportation bill by a 74-22 vote. Since 2009, when the last five-year transportation bill...
Mar 14, 2012 | Taxes

New York Times Looks at Tax Expenditures

An interesting article by Eduardo Porter in today’s New York Times, A Nation With Too Many Tax Breaks, takes a look at the role of tax...

Health Spending Changes in CBO's March Baseline

In its March baseline, CBO made a number of changes in its projections for health care spending. Given the significance of health spending to the...
Mar 13, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

CRFB Compares the Major Deficit Reduction Plans

Comparing fiscal plans can often be a difficult task. The plans may use different baselines, use different ten-year windows, have different estimates...

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