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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.

Sep 25, 2013

Line Items: Going Down Kicking Edition

Relying on the Kicking Game – The return of Congress to Washington has been about as productive as the return of RG3 to the football field for...

CBO: Social Security Looks Much Worse Than We Thought

Although some argue that policymakers can wait to solve our long-term entitlement problems, CBO's recent Long-Term Budget Outlook suggests otherwise...
Sep 24, 2013 | Budget Process

Q&A: Everything You Should Know About Government Shutdowns

Congress faces a number of looming fiscal crises this fall, and the first obstacle is just around the corner -- if lawmakers fail to pass legislation...
Sep 24, 2013

The Washington Post on Why We Must Address Long-Term Debt

Yesterday, the Washington Post Editorial Board published an editorial urging lawmakers to use the looming shutdown as an impetus to come up with a...

CBO Still Unsure Whether Recent Health Care Slowdown Means Lower Long-Term Growth

Update: The second graph has been corrected to show the correct year for each line.It is no secret that the growth of federal health care...
Sep 23, 2013

Event Recap: CRFB Hosts 'Defining Moments in Debt'

On September 18, CRFB hosted "Defining Moments in Debt," a panel discussion at the Captial Visitor Center about the many impending "...
Sep 23, 2013

MY VIEW: David Walker

It's the first week of fall, and that means the end of the fiscal year is drawing to a close. Unfortunately, we still do not have a bill funding the...
Sep 20, 2013 | Budget Process

Peters Introduces Constructive Budget Process Reforms

With the debt limit approaching and another showdown looming, the focus of some policymakers may naturally turn to how to avoid a similar potentially...
Sep 20, 2013

Understanding the Numbers Surrounding the Continuing Resolution Debate

Last week, we laid out our expectations for the government funding negotiations, outlining grades for lawmakers based on how responsibly they handled...
Sep 20, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

What Do High Debt Levels Do To Our Economy?

Politicians and economists have long talked about the negative effects of an accumulating national debt, but cannot always quantify their position....

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