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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 9, 2013

MY VIEW: Rudy Penner

As we draw ever nearer to the projected deadline for hitting the debt ceiling, Congress still has not been able to make a deal. Today, CRFB board...
Oct 9, 2013 | Social Security

New Report Finds Abuse of Disability Insurance System

Earlier this week, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs convened a hearing addressing fraudulent behavior in the...
Oct 8, 2013 | Budget Process

Another Super Committee?

Update: The Obama Administration has issued a veto threat for the bill, instead preferring that Congress pass a clean CR and debt ceiling...
Oct 8, 2013

Congressional Fiscal Leadership Council Urges Lawmakers to Action

Today, the Fix the Debt Campaign's Congressional Fiscal Leadership Council released an open letter signed by a group of 120 former Members of...

One-Month T-Bill Shows Market Skittishness

As we continue to approach the October 17 deadline when the Treasury Department estimates that extraordinary measures will be exhausted, leaving...
Oct 7, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Government Shutdown Limits Budget Data, Too

Last week, we noted that the furlough of "non-essential" employees at the Congressional Budget Office due to the government shutdown could...
Oct 7, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

George Voinovich: Congress Shouldn't Get Paid After Letting Down the Country With Latest Shutdown

In an op-ed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer yesterday, former Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) criticized the current Congress not just for the ongoing...
Oct 7, 2013

MY VIEW: Tim Penny

On Day 7 of the government shutdown, it is not surprising that we are talking about a "leadership deficit" as much as the federal deficit....
Oct 4, 2013

Super Committee Savings Target Was 150% of Sequestration

Previously, we've voiced a number of concerns about sequestration, including that it is too abrupt, too mindless, too focused on the discretionary...
Oct 4, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

The CR and the Medical Device Tax (Take Two)

As Congress negotiates a proposal to pass a continuing resolution and reopen the government, they may enact other policy at the same time.  One...