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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.

Apr 12, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

The House, Senate, and President's Budgets: A Comparison

As we mentioned on Wednesday, budget season can often be as confusing as it is clarifying. While it would seem that both chambers and the President...
Apr 11, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

CRFB Breaks Down the President's Budget

Yesterday, we took our first look at the President's FY 2014 Budget, which put forward the final White House deficit reduction offer to Speaker...
Apr 10, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

The President's Budget, In One Table

Update: The table and text have been updated to include the baselines in the House and Senate budget resolutions. A common source of confusion when...
Apr 10, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

An Overview of the President's Budget

While we will have detailed analysis of various parts of the President's budget throughout the week and into next week, it is important to first show...
Apr 10, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

The Budget is Here

President Obama has just released his FY 2014 budget proposal, putting forward his last offer in the negotiations leading up to the fiscal cliff, in...
Apr 9, 2013

Line Items: Budget Blossoms Edition

Blossoms– It’s a special time in Washington as the Cherry Blossoms are finally blooming after a long winter. The city itself seemingly...
Apr 9, 2013

2013 GAO Report on Duplication and Overlap

Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its annual report highlighting areas of possible duplication, fragmentation, and overlap...
Apr 9, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

OMB Confirms There Will be a Second Sequester

Late last week, David Rogers of Politico reported that there will indeed be a "second sequester," or a $1 billion scorekeeping adjustment...
Apr 8, 2013 | Health Care

Gregg: Reform Medicare with a Value-Based Withhold

In an op-ed in The Hill, former Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) makes the case for one approach towards reforming Medicare which he believes could bring...
Apr 8, 2013 | Taxes

Camp and Baucus: Tax Reform is Alive and Well

Getting Congress to take on tax reform will be difficult, but the two lawmakers in charge of the tax-writing committees seem to be committed to...
Apr 8, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Ten Things to Look for in the President's Budget

It's President's Budget week! On Wednesday, President Obama will release his FY 2014 budget, illustrating another possible path in addition to the...
Apr 5, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

What Will Likely Be In The President's Budget

The FY 2014 President's Budget will not be released until next Wednesday, April 10th, but already some details about what will be in the budget...
Apr 5, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

At Halftime, FY 2013 Leads FY 2012 $601 Billion to $779 Billion

CBO's latest Monthly Budget Review (MBR) for March means that we now have budget data for the first six months of FY 2013. The six-month deficit...
Apr 5, 2013 | Health Care

Support Grows for Medicare Cost-Sharing Reforms

Over the last week, we’ve highlighted two potential area of common ground on Medicare reform: cost-sharing reforms and raising the Medicare age...
Apr 4, 2013 | Health Care

Is a Buy-In the Bipartisan Answer to Raising the Medicare Age?

Last week we discussed the potential for bipartisan agreement on Medicare cost-sharing reforms, and today Politico reports on another area of...
Apr 3, 2013

Biennial Budgeting Picks Up Steam in Congress

As reported in The Hill over the weekend, a proposed change to the United States’ yearly budgetary process is gaining steam in the Senate. An...
Apr 3, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Poll: Americans Favor Compromise on the Budget

Over the last few weeks, we've seen several different budget proposals emerge from the Senate and the House, and President Obama is expected to...
Apr 3, 2013

Line Items: Game of Thrones Returns Edition

It’s Back – The long wait finally ended on Sunday as the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones" debuted its third season, gratifying...
Apr 2, 2013

MY VIEW: Ed Lorenzen

Today, Moment of Truth Project Director Ed Lorenzen published an op-ed responding to a recent piece from Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times...
Apr 2, 2013 | Health Care

Medicare Advantage Payment Increase Explained

In a surprising move yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a reversal in their previous plans to cut payments to...

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