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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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May 17, 2017 | Health Care

How to Reduce Medicare Spending Without Cutting Benefits

During the 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump argued against making cuts to Social Security and Medicare. At the time, we showed that...
May 12, 2017 | Taxes

Factchecking Trump on Taxes

This week's issue of The Economist featured an interview with President Donald Trump covering economic, health, tax, and trade policy.  We...
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May 12, 2017 | Taxes

David Stockman: Trump's Tax Plan Never Had a Chance

David Stockman served as the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Reagan administration and is currently a member of the board of...
Maya MacGuineas
May 12, 2017

Maya MacGuineas: Declaring War on Fiscal Responsibility

Maya MacGuineas is president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently...
May 9, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Drivers of Spending Growth in the Long Term

The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) latest Long-Term Budget Outlook projects that federal debt held by the public will exceed the size of the...
May 9, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

CRFB to Budget Committee Chairmen: Focus on the Debt

We sent a letter to House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black (R-TN) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) last week asking them to...
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May 4, 2017 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2017

Here is a link to the Appropriations Watch for FY 2018. Last updated 5/4/17. Both the House (by a 309-118 vote) and the Senate (by a 79-18 vote)...
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May 3, 2017 | Health Care

How Much Will the Revised Health Bill Cost?

House Republicans are reportedly nearing a deal to vote on passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to repeal and replace the Affordable Care...
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CRFB Explainer: Gimmicks in the FY 17 Omnibus Bill

A negotiated deal to fund the government through the rest of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 has passed the House of Representatives, with final passage...
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May 3, 2017

Maya MacGuineas Participates in The Hill Panel on Tax Reform

Shortly before President Trump released his tax plan, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas participated in The Hill's...
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May 2, 2017

Maya MacGuineas Weighs in on Fox News

Shortly after the Trump administration released the details of its new tax plan, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas...
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May 1, 2017

Maya MacGuineas Named a "Distinguished Person of the Week" by Washington Post Blogger

In her Washington Post blog, "Right Turn," Jennifer Rubin decided to recognize a few "Distinguished Persons of the Week." Her first mention was...
Maya MacGuineas
Apr 28, 2017 | Taxes

Maya MacGuineas: Trump's Tax Plan Will Add $5.5 Trillion to the Debt

Maya MacGuineas is president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently...
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Apr 28, 2017 | Budget Process

The Byrd Rule and Its Effect on Health Reform: A Short Guide

Recent press reports have suggested that amendments to the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—legislation to replace "Obamacare"—might run afoul of a...
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Apr 26, 2017 | Taxes

Is President Trump's Tax Cut the Largest in History?

In their tax reform framework memo, the Trump Administration calls their plan "The Biggest Individual and Business Tax Cut in American History." And...
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Apr 26, 2017 | Taxes

How Much Will Trump's Tax Plan Cost?

The White House released principles and a framework for tax reform today. We applaud the President's focus on tax reform, but the plan includes far...
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Apr 25, 2017 | Taxes

Comparing the Trump Campaign and Better Way Tax Plans

With President Trump expected to release new details about his Administration's tax reform plan on Wednesday, we thought it would be useful to take...
Apr 20, 2017 | Taxes

America Needs Tax Reform, Not More Debt

A New York Times op-ed written by Steve Forbes, Larry Kudlow, Arthur Laffer, and Stephen Moore argued that since tax reform is hard, Republicans...
Apr 18, 2017 | Taxes

Tax Day 2017: Charts to Explain Our Tax System

To commemorate Tax Day, CRFB and our partners at Fix the Debt have released our annual chartbook on federal taxes. It outlines who pays taxes, what...
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Apr 18, 2017 | Other Spending| Economics

Increasing Infrastructure Investment Must Be Paid For

In a recent interview with The New York Times, President Trump said that he wants to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure because "we are borrowing...