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Blog | December 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.
Dec 23, 2011

Congress Approves Two-Month Payroll Tax Holiday and Other Extensions

Congress fittingly capped a tumultuous 2011 by snuffing out yet another fiscal showdown while managing to kick the can of tougher decisions down the...
Dec 22, 2011

The Bottom Line Takes a Look Back at 2011

What a year it's been! 2011 certainly had plenty of budget and fiscal policy developments that kept all of us at CRFB pretty busy. We wish that meant...
Dec 22, 2011

Fitch Comments on U.S. Fiscal Situation

Once again, ratings agencies are warning the United States that our current fiscal outlook is not sustainable and we risk further downgrades unless...
Dec 21, 2011

Interesting Charts Of the Year

With the year wrapping up, our friends Ezra Klein over at the Washington Post and Derek Thompson at The Atlantic asked a variety of noted economists...
Dec 20, 2011

Where is the Fiscal Policy Discussion in the Election Debate?

According to a recent AP-GfK Poll, 76 percent of Americans think that the federal budget deficit is an extremely or very important issue, yet you...
Dec 19, 2011

Line Items: Brinking Game Edition

Brink Again – Washington’s favorite game played out again last week as lawmakers once more waited until the last minute to avert a...
Dec 19, 2011 | Health Care

New York Times Lays Out Medicare Options

In response to the release of the Ryan-Wyden premium support plan last week, The New York Times spelled out options for reducing Medicare spending...
Dec 16, 2011

A Reversal for TARP

As the federal government has been slowly winding down much of its commitment in the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the prevailing trend for...
Dec 16, 2011

Representatives Joining Together to Resist Efforts to Turn Off the Sequester Absent Debt Reduction Agreement

Update 12/16: Representatives Welch, Miller, Van Hollen, Cleaver, and Himes formally released the letter yesterday to President Obama with over 90...
Dec 16, 2011

CRFB Brings Back U.S. Budget Watch

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has announced the return of U.S. Budget Watch, just in time for the Republican primary season and the...