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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 1, 2013

MY VIEW: Laura Tyson

In a piece for Project Syndicate, former Council of Economic Advisers chair and CRFB board member Laura Tyson discusses the recent slowdown in...
Apr 30, 2013 | Health Care

Brookings's Framework to Bend the Health Care Curve

Yesterday, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings released a new report on reducing health care costs called "Bending the...
Apr 30, 2013 | Social Security

Marc Goldwein and Ed Lorenzen: Measuring Inflation Right is Both Fair and Accurate

In the past, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has made adjustments to the Consumer Price Index without much controversy. But due to the method of...

Education Reforms in A Bipartisan Path Forward

Although most discussion of Erskine Bowles' and Al Simpson's Bipartisan Path Forward has focussed on its health and tax reforms, the plan also...
Apr 30, 2013

Peterson Foundation's Fiscal Confidence Index More Cause for Action

Today is the last day of April, and Peter G. Peterson Foundation has released the latest result of its Fiscal Confidence Index. The Fiscal Confidence...
Apr 29, 2013 | Social Security

An Update on Our Chained CPI Resources

With the chained CPI becoming a frequent topic among commentators, CRFB has put together a great deal of new analysis, which may be helpful in...

Discretionary Savings in the Bipartisan Path Forward

Over the past few years, lawmakers have made the most progress in discretionary spending in the deficit reduction effort. Additional opportunities...
Apr 29, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Budget Enforcement Provisions in the Bipartisan Path Forward

As we have written before, key elements of the Bipartisan Path Forward focus on reducing the debt as a percentage of GDP over the long term. ...
Apr 29, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

MY VIEW: Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson

Erskine Bowles and former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY), the two former co-chairs of the Fiscal Commission, have spent the last two and a half year...
Apr 26, 2013 | Social Security

Fact Checking the Harkin Resolution

This week, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced a concurring resolution that would establish a sense of Congress that chained CPI should not be used...

How Simpson and Bowles Protect the Disadvantaged

Among the principles outlined by former Fiscal Commission co-chairs Senator Al Simpson and Erskine Bowles in their new plan A Bipartisan Path Forward...
Apr 26, 2013

MY VIEW: Maya MacGuineas

Putting debt on a sustainable path has been a key issue in Washington ever since the Fiscal Commission showed that a bold compromise would be needed...
Apr 25, 2013

Line Items: Draft Edition

Making the Call – The NFL Draft kicks off Thursday. Unlike previous drafts, there is much uncertainty as to who will go where....
Apr 25, 2013

War Spending as Sequester Replacement? Just Don't Do It

With news yesterday that the Senate might consider a bill to replace the sequester for 2013 with a drawdown of war spending, CRFB reacted in a press...
Apr 25, 2013 | Taxes

Tax Reform in A Bipartisan Path Forward

Recent reports from Capitol Hill show momentum for tax reform is building.  Both the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees have...
Apr 24, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

The President's Budget in the Long Term

Continuing our analysis of the President's FY 2014 budget proposal, we turn to how the President's budget would affect long-term revenues and...

New Simpson-Bowles Plan Would Boost Economic Growth, Not Slow It

Some commentators have criticized deficit reduction plans like "A Bipartisan Path Forward" for, in their opinion, promoting austerity at a...
Apr 24, 2013 | Health Care

Why the Health Care Slowdown Is Unlikely to Last

Last month, we looked at reasons why some projections showing a slowdown health care costs most likely will not pan out.  Although the recent...
Apr 23, 2013 | Social Security

CBPP Takes a Look at the President's Chained CPI Proposal

Previously on The Bottom Line, we have shown how the chained CPI could be a 6 percent benefit cut or a 25 percent benefit increase, depending on how...

The Bipartisan Path Forward's Medicare Buy-in

In an effort to bridge differences in long-term structural reforms to federal health spending, former Fiscal Commission co-chairs Senator Al Simpson...

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