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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 2, 2013

MY VIEW: Laura Tyson

CRFB board member Laura Tyson and Berkeley Research Group directors Eric Drabkin and Ken Serwin wrote in Project Syndicate in favor of Baucus's...
Dec 2, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

One Simple Way to Undermine Fiscal Credibility

A new report from the Center for American Progress argues that roughly 60 percent of the sequester should be waived in light of the savings from the...
Dec 2, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Congress's Next Play: Don't Punt, Go For It!

We hope all of our readers enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday. The long weekend brought some fantastic rivalry games, Michigan-Ohio State, Auburn-...
Nov 26, 2013

Line Items: Thanksgiving Edition

Giving Thanks...and Little Else – As we prepare to spend time with family and celebrate Thanksgiving, Congress gave itself a head start on the...

Policymakers Must Not Double-Count Retirement Savings

As budget conference committee chairs Patty Murray and Paul Ryan appear to be moving closer to a partial sequester-replacement deal, reports suggest...
Nov 25, 2013

MY VIEW: Alice Rivlin and Pete Domenici

With Congress is in recess, it's likely we won't see a deal this week, but the December 13th deadline for the budget conference committee is fast...
Nov 25, 2013

Rethinking Tax Incentives for Education

Efforts to reform the tax code are picking up steam, with several tax plans introduced in the last month. In the House, Ways & Means Chairman...
Nov 22, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Understanding the Sequester

“The sequester” is an across-the-board spending cut designed in 2011 to force the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (“...
Nov 22, 2013 | Taxes

Baucus Releases Cost Recovery Draft

This week, Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) has been moving forward with tax reform, releasing three discussion drafts. On Tuesday, he...
Nov 22, 2013

Treasury Set to Exit GM By Year's End

The New York Times is reporting that the Treasury Department will sell its remaining shares in General Motors, bringing to an end its five-year...