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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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Sep 28, 2016

A Conversation With the Candidates' Economic Advisors

We hosted a lunch conversation with economic advisors from the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The event "How Would...
Sep 27, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Senate to Vote on Continuing Resolution

With the deadline for avoiding a government shutdown approaching on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced last Thursday a...
Donald Trump
Sep 26, 2016 | Taxes

Is Trump's Tax Cut the Largest Since Reagan?

During the first Presidential debate on September 26, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump said "my tax cut is the biggest since...
Sep 26, 2016

Factchecking and Live-Tweeting the Presidential Debate

For more than a year, our Fiscal FactCheck project has been honing our expertise in budget, tax, health, and spending policy to evaluate the...
Donald Trump

Accounting For Growth With Trump's Fiscal Plans

Last week, we estimated that Donald Trump's policies would increase ten-year deficits by $5.3 trillion, resulting in debt held by the public...
Sep 23, 2016

Top Media Hits From Our Preliminary Update to Promises and Price Tags

We released our new report Promises and Price Tags: A Preliminary Update this week, finding that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ...
Sep 23, 2016 | Budget Process

Event Recap: Budget Process Reform - Senate Perspectives

On September 19, our Better Budget Process Initiative hosted Budget Process Reform - Senate Perspectives on Capitol Hill. The event featured a...
Secretary Clinton
Sep 22, 2016 | Taxes

Clinton Proposes New Taxes to Offset New Proposals

In recent weeks, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has proposed a series of new tax breaks for small businesses and for parents in...
Sep 21, 2016 | Budget Process

Gene Steuerle & Rudolph Penner: Restoring More Discretion to the Federal Budget

Dr. C. Eugene (Gene) Steuerle is the Richard B. Fisher chair and Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute and Dr. Rudolph G. Penner is an Institute...
Donald Trump

Getting Real About Paying For Trump's Tax Plan

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump announced significant revisions to his tax plan that would reduce its cost by about half, a change...
Sep 15, 2016 | Other Spending

Explaining Donald Trump's Penny Plan for Non-Defense Spending

Much of the attention in Thursday's remarks by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has focused on his revised tax plan, but another...
Mitch Daniels
Sep 14, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Mitch Daniels: Washington’s Wake-Up Call

Mitch Daniels is the president of Purdue University, a former governor of Indiana, a former director of the Office of Management and Budget, and a co...
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Sep 13, 2016 | Health Care| Taxes

Expanding Medical Deduction Would Add to Debt

Congress is at it again - proposing to extend tax breaks without paying for them, and add new ones in the process. Today, the House voted to expand...
Sep 12, 2016 | Budget Process

Judd Gregg: Fixing the Budget

Judd Gregg, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire, served as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee from 2005 to 2007 and ranking member...
Sep 9, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Three CRFB and Fix the Debt Board Members Testify Before Congress

On September 8, three CRFB and Fix the Debt board members – Mitch Daniels, Judd Gregg, and Alice Rivlin – testified before the Joint...
Sep 7, 2016 | Other Spending

How Much Would Trump's New Defense Plan Cost?

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump introduced a proposal today to increase defense spending and rebuild the military. Specifically, his...

Interest Rates Drive Changes in CBO's Latest Outlook

By far the biggest revision to the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO's) latest ten-year budget projections are the lower projected interest...
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Aug 29, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas: The first step towards solving the debt crisis: Stop digging

Maya MacGuineas, president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, wrote an op-ed...
Aug 24, 2016 | Social Security

Marc Goldwein: Five Social Security Plans That Really Would Help Make America Great Again

Marc Goldwein is the senior vice president and senior policy director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote a guest...
Aug 23, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Our Quick Take on CBO's August Projections

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released updated baseline projections showing deficits and debt rising in the coming years. CRFB will...