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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 18, 2013 | Budget Process

Short-Term Debt Ceiling Increases Can Lead to a Deal

With President Obama's signature on Thursday morning, the nation went from the brink of default to having a least a little elbow room on the debt...
Oct 17, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Every Budget Put the Debt on a Downward Path…and This One Should Too

In additional to reopening the government and suspending the debt ceiling, last night, both the House and Senate agreed to go to Budget Conference....
Oct 17, 2013 | Taxes

The Tax Break-Down: Intangible Drilling Costs

This is the eleventh post in our blog series, The Tax Break-Down, which will analyze and review tax breaks under discussion as part of tax...
Oct 17, 2013

Event Recap: Leon Panetta and Others Urge Action on Fiscal Issues

Yesterday, former Defense Secretary and CRFB board member Leon Panetta headlined a press conference at the National Press Club on the need for our...
Oct 16, 2013

Line Items: Ups and Downs Edition

Ending the Shutdown and Cranking Up the Debt Limit – It’s been an up-and-down past couple of weeks. The federal government has been shut...

Looks Like We Have a Deal

After a few weeks of government shutdown and a nerve-wracking lead-up to hitting the debt ceiling, the Senate leadership announced today it had come...
Oct 16, 2013

Marc Goldwein: Hard Choices Required to Address Looming Debt

The prolonged government shutdown and debt ceiling debate are a clear indication that our government is not functioning as it should. Furloughed...
Oct 15, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Deficits are a First-Order Problem

Yesterday, Former Treasury Secretary and director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers argued that “budget deficits are now a second-...
Oct 14, 2013

Bad Ideas Watch: Shutdown/Debt Ceiling Edition

Bipartisan discussions over how to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling are coming down to the wire as this week begins,...
Oct 14, 2013

Boskin Proposes Another Way Out

Today begins week three of the government shutdown, and we are now just days away from when the Treasury will exhaust its borrowing authority and...