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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.

Eugene Steuerle
Aug 1, 2016 | Social Security

Gene Steuerle: The 'Save Our Social Security Act of 2016': A Major Step Toward Reform

Dr. Eugene (Gene) Steuerle is the Richard B. Fisher chair and Institute fellow at the Urban Institute and a member of the Committee for a...
Aug 1, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Subject to Change: How Different Parameters Could Affect Long-Term Debt

Underlying the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) 30-year budget projections are a series of economic and demographic assumptions that are...
Social Security
Jul 29, 2016 | Social Security

Long-Term Budget Outlook Underlines Trouble Ahead for Social Security

The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) 2016 Long-Term Budget Outlook release came with updated projections of the 75-year solvency of Social...
Jul 28, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Making Trust Funds Solvent Would Just About Stabilize Debt

The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) long-term outlook shows a bleak picture, with federal debt steadily rising from 75 percent of Gross...
Jul 27, 2016 | Health Care

Analyzing Clinton's Health and Education Expansions

Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently unveiled expansions of her proposals for higher education and...
Jul 27, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

How Much Would Clinton and Trump Increase Our $19 Trillion Gross Debt?

Our report Promises and Price Tags: A Fiscal Guide to the 2016 Election estimates that debt held by the public would rise from about $14 trillion...
Donald Trump
Jul 25, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Has President Obama Doubled the National Debt?

While accepting the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump said, "President Obama has almost doubled our national debt to more than $...
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Jul 22, 2016 | Health Care

Latest Health Spending Projection Shows Higher Spending Growth Ahead

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its National Health Expenditure (NHE) projections for 2015-2025 last week. National...
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Jul 22, 2016 | Taxes

Is the U.S. the Highest Taxed Nation in the World?

As he accepted the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump stated that “America is one of the highest-taxed countries...
Jul 21, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

The Long-Term Outlook Could Be Even Worse Than CBO Says

The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) long-term outlook shows debt nearly doubling as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the...
Jul 19, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

The Very, Very Long-Term Budget Outlook

The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) long-term outlook shows growing federal debt over the next 30 years, but we extended those projections to...
Jul 19, 2016 | Taxes

What Donald Trump Can Do to Improve His Tax and Spending Policies

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week, Donald Trump’s economic advisers Andy Puzder and Stephen Moore stated that the campaign will release...
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Jul 15, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

OMB’s Mid-Session Review Confirms Growing Deficits Ahead

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released today the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Mid-Session Review (MSR), which updates both OMB’s budget...
Jul 14, 2016 | Budget Process

Chairman Enzi Proposes Budget Process Reforms

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) outlined his recommendations for budget process reform yesterday based on bipartisan discussions in...
Jul 13, 2016 | Social Security

Rep. Ribble Releases Legislation to Make Social Security Solvent

Representative Reid Ribble (R-WI) along with a bipartisan group of cosponsors released the Save Our Social Security Act today, a bill which...
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Jul 13, 2016 | Budget Process

Shedding Light on the Fiscal State of the Nation

Representative Jim Renacci (R-OH) along with Representative John Carney (D-DE) and 22 other original cosponsors introduced a bipartisan Fiscal State...
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Jul 12, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

CBO Shows an Unsustainable Long-Term Fiscal Path

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today released its 2016 Long-Term Budget Outlook, showing a clearly unsustainable long-term path for the...
Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump
Jul 11, 2016 | Economics

Scoring Clinton and Trump with Different Growth Assumptions

In our analysis "Promises and Price Tags: A Fiscal Guide to the 2016 Election," we compared the fiscal effects of the policies proposed by...
Jul 7, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Marc Goldwein: Both Clinton and Trump Would Grow National Debt

Marc Goldwein is the senior vice president and senior policy director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote a guest...
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Jul 5, 2016 | Taxes

House GOP Sketches Out Details on Tax Reform

The House Republicans continue to rollout several policy proposals/frameworks, recently releasing a tax reform plan that aims to reduce tax rates and...