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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.

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Sep 13, 2016 | Health Care| Taxes

Expanding Medical Deduction Would Add to Debt

Congress is at it again - proposing to extend tax breaks without paying for them, and add new ones in the process. Today, the House voted to expand...
Sep 12, 2016 | Budget Process

Judd Gregg: Fixing the Budget

Judd Gregg, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire, served as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee from 2005 to 2007 and ranking member...
Sep 9, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Three CRFB and Fix the Debt Board Members Testify Before Congress

On September 8, three CRFB and Fix the Debt board members – Mitch Daniels, Judd Gregg, and Alice Rivlin – testified before the Joint...
Sep 7, 2016 | Other Spending

How Much Would Trump's New Defense Plan Cost?

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump introduced a proposal today to increase defense spending and rebuild the military. Specifically, his...

Interest Rates Drive Changes in CBO's Latest Outlook

By far the biggest revision to the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO's) latest ten-year budget projections are the lower projected interest...
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Sep 6, 2016 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2017

Last updated 9/20/16. The table below will be updated throughout the appropriations process. The appropriations process has begun in earnest on...
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Aug 29, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas: The first step towards solving the debt crisis: Stop digging

Maya MacGuineas, president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, wrote an op-ed...
Aug 24, 2016 | Social Security

Marc Goldwein: Five Social Security Plans That Really Would Help Make America Great Again

Marc Goldwein is the senior vice president and senior policy director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote a guest...
Aug 23, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Our Quick Take on CBO's August Projections

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released updated baseline projections showing deficits and debt rising in the coming years. CRFB will...
Aug 22, 2016 | Other Spending| Economics

CBO: Federal Investment is Good for Long-Term Growth - If It's Paid For

Public investment has the potential to significantly increase economic growth, but only if its paid for – that's the key finding of a...