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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.

Discussion with CBO Director Elmendorf on the Costs of Waiting to Address Fiscal Challenges

At the House Budget Committee hearing on CBO's Long-Term Outlook, Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI), who last week sent a letter calling for action on Social...
Sep 27, 2013 | Taxes

The Tax Break-Down: Individual Retirement Accounts

This is the ninth post in our blog series, The Tax Break-Down, which will analyze and review tax breaks under discussion as part of tax reform. Last...
Sep 26, 2013 | Taxes

Senator Levin Presents Ideas for Sequester Replacement

Last week, Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) introduced legislation that would increase taxes on multinational companies, and suggested that the revenue...
Sep 26, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Introducing CRFB's Latest Long-Term Realistic Baseline

The release of the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) Long-Term Budget Outlook is one of the big events in the budget world, and we'd like to think...
Sep 25, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

CBO: A Growing Debt Burden Is a Risky Path to Be On

Continuing with CRFB's analysis of CBO's latest long-term budget projections, we now turn our attention to one of the central themes throughout CBO's...
Sep 25, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Interest Costs in CBO's Long-Term Projections

As part of our blog series on CBO's recent long-term budget and economic projections, we now turn our focus to the fastest growing part of the...
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...

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