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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.

Oct 30, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Jim Nussle: For Budget Conference, Start With The Pizza

Today was the first meeting of the budget conference committee negotiating over this year's discretionary spending levels. Although the first...
Oct 30, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

The Budget Conference Committee's First Meeting

The first meeting of the budget conference committee is today! The committee will have a month and a half to reconcile the House and Senate-passed...
Oct 29, 2013

Line Items: Trick or Treat Edition

Conference Calls – While many of us prepare for a spooky adventure Thursday night, the day before will mark the beginning of another eerie...
Oct 29, 2013 | Health Care

Daschle: Now's the Time for Entitlement Reform

In an op-ed in POLITICO yesterday, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle argued that the upcoming conference committee was the perfect time to...
Oct 29, 2013

MY VIEW: Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson

The budget conference committee will begin to meet in full shortly, when the conferees will begin to look for a compromise between the Senate and...

Could Faster Growth Solve Our Debt Woes?

A number of commentators have suggested recently that our budget problems could be solved if only we focused more on promoting economic growth....
Oct 28, 2013

MY VIEW: Bill Frenzel

It is difficult to believe that nearly two weeks ago, our country was on the brink of default, the shutdown dragged on, and lawmakers seemed unable...
Oct 25, 2013

MY VIEW: Kent Conrad

Yesterday, CRFB board member and former Senate Budget Committee argued in the Washington Post that ultimately, additional revenue through...

CBO Lowers Estimate for Increasing the Medicare Eligibility Age

Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) dramatically lowered its estimate of savings if policymakers chose to increase the Medicare...
Oct 24, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Taking Another Look at the Fiscal Speed Bumps Ahead

With a deal on the appropriations bill last week, the government has been reopened and a default has been avoided. But the reality is that lawmakers...

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