Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
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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.

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Mar 7, 2016 | Health Care

Could Negotiating Medicare Drug Prices Save $300 Billion Per Year?

Over the course of the Presidential campaign, Republican campaign Donald Trump has repeatedly called for having Medicare directly negotiate...
2016 Campaign
Mar 4, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

MY VIEW: Marc Goldwein: Candidates' budget plans don't add up

Marc Goldwein is the Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He gave an ...
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Mar 4, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Congress Can Pass Bills to Reduce the Deficit This Year

House Members appear to be resolving a disagreement over what this year’s discretionary spending cap should be. Some House Republicans have...
Mar 3, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Auerbach-Gale Analysis Agrees on the Worsening Fiscal Outlook

Alan Auerbach of the University of California-Berkeley and William Gale of the Tax Policy Center recently published a report, "Once More Unto...

Comparing the Major Republican Candidates on the Budget

In preparation for upcoming Republican debates, we have put together a primer detailing the candidates’ positions on issues relating to...
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Will Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Interest Take up 83% of Spending in Five Years?

During the February 25 Republican presidential debate, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said: I want to go back to this question you asked...
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Feb 26, 2016 | Health Care| Taxes

Additional Offsets for Senator Sanders's Health Plan

In a recent analysis, we praised Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for proposing offsets to pay for his “Medicare-for-all” health plan,...
Maya MacGuineas
Feb 24, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas: The next president must campaign responsibly on fiscal issues

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, wrote an essay for...
Feb 23, 2016 | Economics

Judd Gregg: Lessons from a coming recession

Judd Gregg, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire, served as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee from 2005 to 2007 and ranking member...
Dave Walker
Feb 23, 2016 | Economics

David M. Walker: Transforming Federal Financial Reporting and Auditing

David M. Walker, former Comptroller General of the United States from 1998 to 2008 and a member of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget,...