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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.

Maya MacGuineas

Maya MacGuineas: Modernizing Social Security and Medicare Starts with Leadership

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, was interviewed by the George...
Balance Budget
Jan 21, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

It Could Take $8 Trillion to Balance the Budget

Tuesday’s release of the topline numbers for this year's Congressional Budget Office (CBO) baseline is a gut punch to congressional budget...
Jan 20, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Our Analysis of CBO's January 2016 Budget and Economic Outlook Summary

The era of declining deficits is over. That's the conclusion of our analysis of the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) January 2016...
FY 2017
Jan 19, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Deficits Rise in Latest Budget Projections

Update: You can view our full analysis here. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released baseline projections showing rapidly rising...
Jan 15, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Sanford Says Candidates Aren't Talking About Debt, Deficit

Congressman Mark Sanford (R-SC) wrote a piece in The Fiscal Times that highlights the paucity of substantive discussion from the 2016...
President Obama
Jan 12, 2016 | Economics

#SOTU Means It's Time to Play Debt-O!

President Obama's final State of the Union address is tonight at 9 p.m. ET. In preparation for his speech, we've brought back our State of...
health care

CBO's Latest Estimate of the Partial ACA Repeal

Kicking off the new year in style, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its latest estimate of the reconciliation bill passed by the Senate...
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2015’s Fiscal Follies and Reasons for Hope

It’s the end of the year and like so many organizations, CRFB wanted to share with you our top 10 list: a look back at Congress’s 10 top...
Dec 23, 2015 | Other Spending

Does the U.S. Spend $80 Billion a Year on Incarceration?

At the third Democratic debate, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said "We are spending $80 billion a year locking up our fellow Americans...
Tax Issue Area
Dec 22, 2015 | Taxes

JCT Estimates Over $1.2 Trillion in Tax Breaks in 2015

The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) recently released its latest estimate of tax expenditures covering the years 2015-2019. Based on the summed...