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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.

Jun 10, 2016 | Social Security

Marc Goldwein: Alicia Munnell is wrong: Social Security needs a quick fix

Marc Goldwein is the Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He wrote an opinion piece...
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Jun 10, 2016

CRFB Turns 35 - We Are Old Enough to Remember When...

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget was incorporated on June 10, 1981. Our 35th birthday is a good occasion to look back at some of the...
Jun 9, 2016 | Other Spending

House Republicans Release Poverty Recommendations

The House Republicans' Task Force on Poverty, Opportunity, and Upward Mobility released a report this week outlining recommendations for poverty...
President Obama
Jun 7, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

CBO Estimates Economic Effects of the President's Final Budget

In addition to producing its own estimate of the budgetary effects of the President's budget, CBO typically estimates the economic effects of the...
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Jun 3, 2016 | Social Security

Social Security Cost Growth Should Be Slowed, Not Accelerated

In a speech in Elkhart, Indiana on June 1, President Obama discussed retirement security, saying, "We can’t afford to weaken Social...
Senator John McCain
May 27, 2016 | Other Spending

McCain Amendment Would Undermine Appropriations Discipline

When the Senate considers this year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) is...
May 24, 2016 | Other Spending

Zika Debate Provides An Opportunity to Discuss How Emergencies Are Funded

Currently, Congress is debating if and how to provide emergency funding to fight the Zika virus. While the President has requested $1.9 billion in...
Donald Trump
May 23, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas: Donald’s dangerous debt-deficit delusion

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, wrote an op-ed that appeared...
Donald Trump
May 23, 2016 | Taxes

How Much Do Donald Trump's Tax Cuts for Millionaires Cost?

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently released a fact sheet on her campaign website that criticizes...
Alice Rivlin
May 19, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Alice Rivlin, Queen of Washington's Budget Wonks

Alice Rivlin is a former director of the Congressional Budget Office and Office of Management and Budget. She has served as a member of the National...