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Blog | March 2011

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.
Mar 31, 2011 | Budget Process

Scales Tip Among Senate GOP for Balanced Budget Amendment

Today Senate Republicans unveiled legislation (S.J. Res 10) to adopt a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution that has the support of all...
Mar 31, 2011

Over 160 Lawmakers and Experts Calling for Comprehensive Reform

Update 4/4: The Blue Dog Democrats sent a letter to President Obama calling for a compromise on a long-term spending bill to prevent a government...
Mar 30, 2011

Between the ‘Line’s: Shutdowns, Smackdowns, Benchmarks, and Backbenchers

Shutdown Coming? – With most March Madness brackets in shambles, the new office pool of choice in Washington involves wagering on if the...
Mar 30, 2011 | Taxes

The Unlikely Fiscal Pair

If the current budget drama in Washington ever becomes the stuff of a feature film--yes, a real stretch, but we've seen worse from Hollywood--...
Mar 30, 2011

CBO Reduces Projected Cost of TARP

Back in December, we had surmised that due to recent developments with Citigroup, GM, and AIG, CBO's cost estimate of TARP would come down further...
Mar 30, 2011

Galston Calls on President Obama to Lead on Deficit

Today, Bill Galston of Brookings wrote a public letter in The New Republic arguing that, while there are many pressing national issues, deficit...
Mar 29, 2011 | Budgets & Projections

Budget Negotiations: Will Showmanship or Statesmanship Prevail?

The term "shutdown" is being tossed around in Washington as much as "Cinderella" has been on ESPN as of late. With...
Mar 29, 2011

Economists Agree on Urgency of Deficit-Reduction Plan

Today, The National Journal debuted its Economic Insiders Poll, a "periodic poll of veteran experts on the policy and political dynamics...
Mar 28, 2011

Concord Coalition Pulls Out the Key Dates from GAO's Long-Term Outlook

Today, our friends over at the Concord Coalition wrote an interesting blog in which they pulled out the key fiscal dates from GAO's re-issued...