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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.

Dec 13, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

How the Bipartisan Budget Act Improves the Long Term

As we've said before, paying for temporary costs with savings that grow over the long term is very helpful for the long-term budget outlook, as it...
Dec 13, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in the Bipartisan Budget Act

On Wednesday, we published an analysis of the Bipartisan Budget Act, which would replace a portion of the FY2014 and FY2015 sequester with mandatory...
Dec 13, 2013

Erskine Bowles to Kiplinger: Beware the Ticking Debt Bomb

Today, Kiplinger's Personal Finance published a new interview with Fiscal Commission co-chair and CRFB board member Erskine Bowles. In a discussion...

Spending Agreement "Splits the Difference" for 2014

On Tuesday, Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan announced a budget deal that set discretionary spending levels for the next two years,...
Dec 12, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

WaPo: A Flawed Deal is Better Than No Deal

So far, reactions to the budget agreement have been mixed. As we said in our report yesterday, Understanding the Bipartisan Budget Act, the deal...
Dec 12, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Diving Deeper Into the Budget Conference Agreement

With the details on the agreement reached by Budget Committee chairs Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Patty Murray (D-WA) made fully available yesterday, CRFB...
Dec 11, 2013

Line Items: Deal with It Edition

We Have a Deal – Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) announced a budget deal late Tuesday after weeks of negotiation and a few...
Dec 11, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Updated: Summarizing the Ryan-Murray Deal

Update: See our full analysis of the deal here On December 10th, Budget Committee chairmen Patty Murray and Paul Ryan announced an agreement to set...
Dec 11, 2013 | Health Care

3-Month SGR Fix Proposed

With the end of the year fast-approaching and the looming prospect of a 24 percent cut to Medicare physician payments on January 1, the House of...
Dec 10, 2013 | Budget Process

Lawmakers Must Abide by PAYGO...Here's Why

In recent weeks, we've used our blog to call for strict adherence to pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) principles for extending emergency unemployment benefits,...