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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.

Jan 24, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

CBO's Budget Projections Show Unsustainable Fiscal Situation

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released their baseline projections, showing high and rising debt and widening deficits in the coming...
Jan 19, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas and Stuart Butler Publish Joint Paper Over Long-Term Budgeting

CRFB president Maya MacGuineas and Brookings Institution senior fellow Stuart Butler published a paper last week outlining a plan to create a long-...
Jan 18, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas on C-SPAN’s “Q&A”

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, recently appeared on C-SPAN’s “Q&A” and discussed a variety of...
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Jan 18, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Dave Walker: Washington’s chance to reform the status quo

David Walker is a former Comptroller General of the United States (head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office) and is a member of the...
Jan 12, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Budget Will Be Difficult to Balance Without ACA Savings

For the past three years, Republicans have proposed budgets with a goal of achieving balance within the next decade. However, that goal will be much...
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Jan 11, 2017 | Health Care

Amendments to the Senate Budget Resolution Regarding the ACA Would Promote Fiscal Responsibility

Last week, the Senate began consideration of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget resolution, which is primarily being used to create a legislative...
Jan 11, 2017 | Other Spending

Senator Flake Releases "Wastebook: PORKémon Go" to Catch Federal Waste

Hoping to “catch egregious spending lurking in federal budgets,” Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) released Wastebook: PORKémon Go yesterday,...
Jan 10, 2017 | Health Care

Repeal and Delay Shouldn't Increase Near-Term Deficits

Last week, we estimated that repealing the Affordable Care Act's ("Obamacare" or "ACA") revenue and coverage provisions would...
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Jan 6, 2017 | Health Care

Full Repeal of Obamacare Would Hasten Medicare's Insolvency

Earlier this week, we released a report estimating the cost full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, and the savings...
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Jan 6, 2017 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2017

The government is currently being funded by a continuing resolution (CR), passed in December 2016, through April 28, 2017. On January 12, 2017, the...
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Jan 5, 2017 | Health Care

Different Approaches to ACA Repeal have Different Costs and/or Savings

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Wall Street Journal Washington Wire...
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Jan 5, 2017 | Health Care

Video: Cost of Repealing the Affordable Care Act

Newsy Newslook made a handy video for USA Today explaining our new report on the cost of repealing the Affordable Care Act. The report shows full...
Jan 3, 2017 | Health Care

Chairman Enzi Introduces FY 2017 Budget Resolution Providing for ACA Repeal in Senate

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced a budget resolution for fiscal year (FY) 2017 today narrowly focused on repealing the...
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Jan 3, 2017 | Taxes

Lowering the Bar for "Revenue Neutral" Tax Reform

One of the key questions of comprehensive tax reform will be its budgetary target.  Congressional leaders have set a revenue-neutral target,...
Dec 26, 2016

2016 Fiscal Follies and Reasons for Hope

As 2016 comes to a close, it’s time to look back at the top fiscal developments of the year. Being optimists here at the Committee for a...
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Dec 22, 2016 | Budget Process

Event Recap: Gene Steuerle Explains How the Budget Offices Can Reframe Our Long-Term Budget Problems

At the Savings and Retirement Foundation’s December meeting, Gene Steuerle, Urban Institute Fellow and CRFB Board Member, presented his recent...
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Dec 22, 2016 | Social Security

CBO Releases Additional Details on Social Security Projections

CBO's annual report on their long-term projections for Social Security continues to show a major shortfall for the program, even larger than the...
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Dec 19, 2016 | Other Spending| Taxes

Can Delaney Provide a Bipartisan Way Forward for Infrastructure and Tax Reform?

As discussions about President-elect Trump's first 100 days agenda continue, Representative John Delaney (D-MD) is suggesting that a bill he...
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Dec 14, 2016 | Social Security

The Greenspan Commission at 35: Time for Another Commission?

December 16 marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the National Commission on Social Security Reform – or the Greenspan Commission...
Dec 12, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Mike Murphy: 10 Things Trump Should Do to Secure Our Fiscal Future

Mike Murphy, the Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, wrote a guest post that...