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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.

Mar 15, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Three-Fifths of This Year's Deficit is Policymakers' Fault

The budget deficit will be almost $900 billion this year according to projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). By our estimates, 60...
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Mar 15, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Debt Would Rise, Not Fall, Under the President’s Budget

The President’s budget estimates it would reduce debt to 71 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and deficits to $202 billion (0.6 ...
Mar 14, 2019 | Economics

Economists Agree: Deficits Matter

Rarely do economists agree on anything. But a survey this week through the University of Chicago's IGM Forum found that 42 top economists...
Mar 12, 2019 | Taxes

Marc Goldwein and Russ Latino: Congress Must Break its Addiction to Unjust Tax Extenders

Marc Goldwein is senior vice president and senior policy director at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and Russ Latino is vice...
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Does the President's Budget Slash Medicare by $845 Billion?

President Trump's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget released Monday has been met with significant criticism, especially from us. But one of the...
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Mar 11, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

An Overview of the President's FY 2020 Budget

Moments ago, President Trump released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposals, outlining his tax and spending proposals for the next decade. We...
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Mar 8, 2019 | Health Care

Bipartisan Recommendations to Reduce Health Spending from Brookings and AEI

Experts from the Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute have released a joint list of recommendations to reduce health care...
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Mar 7, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

What We’d Like to See in President Trump’s FY 2020 Budget

Reports suggest the Trump administration will release its FY 2020 budget in two parts, beginning next week. With debt at post-war record highs,...
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Mar 7, 2019 | Health Care

Health Spending Outlook Shows Faster Growth Ahead

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released new National Health Expenditure (NHE) projections through 2027,...
Mar 1, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Annual Deficits Could Hit $2.3 Trillion

Deficits are rising quickly under current law, as the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) recent budget outlook demonstrates. Under current law, CBO...
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Feb 27, 2019 | Health Care

How Much Will Medicare for All Cost?

Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), a co-chair of the Medicare for All Caucus, released a bill today that would adopt a single-payer system, where...
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Feb 27, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Tax Cut and Spending Bill Could Cost $5.5 Trillion Through 2029

The 2017 tax cut and the 2018 spending bill loom large in the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) outlook; the two pieces of legislation as...
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Feb 27, 2019 | Budget Process

Upcoming Congressional Fiscal Policy Deadlines

Updated 2/27/2019: Congress passed full appropriations for the remaining seven appropriations bills for the rest of fiscal year 2019, and the...
Feb 26, 2019 | Social Security

SSDI Solutions Initiative Releases Paper on Developing Demonstrations Based on Lessons Learned

The McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative yesterday released the first of a series of papers on how to improve policies for people with...
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Feb 21, 2019 | Economics

Maya MacGuineas: The Rise of Free Lunch Economics & the Growth of Our National Debt

Maya MacGuineas is president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently wrote an ...
Feb 19, 2019 | Taxes

Tyler Evilsizer: Putting the Trump Tax Cuts Will Pay For Themselves Myth To Bed

Tyler Evilsizer is deputy policy director at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote an opinion piece for...
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Feb 15, 2019 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2019

Last Updated 2/15/2019  Congress passed full appropriations for the remaining seven appropriations bills for the rest of fiscal year 2019, and...
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Feb 13, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

As Debt Rises, Interest Costs Could Top $1 Trillion

The fastest growing item in the budget over the next decade will be interest on the debt, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). In...
Feb 7, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

These 3 Parts of the Budget Explain 87% of Spending Growth

The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) latest baseline shows that deficits and debt are rising unsustainably, driven by the failure of revenue...
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Feb 5, 2019

Play Debt-O During State of the Union 2019!

President Donald Trump will give his second State of the Union address tonight at 9 p.m. ET. CRFB will be live tweeting the speech, providing...

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