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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.

POTUS Budget
Feb 9, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Five Takeaways from the President's Final Budget

Moments ago, President Obama released the final budget of his presidency. In the coming hours, days, and weeks, CRFB will be publishing analysis...
Bixby and MacGuineas
Feb 9, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Robert L. Bixby and Maya MacGuineas: Candidates need credible solutions to fix the debt

Robert L. Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, and Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal ...
interest rates
Feb 8, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Moving on Up: Interest Costs in the CBO Baseline

With the Congressional Budget Office releasing its final baseline last week, we know the dire fiscal future facing the country. Thanks to...
POTUS Budget
Feb 8, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Preview of the President's Budget

The President has released a preview of the spending priorities in his FY17 budget, most of which are new although some were proposed in previous...
Secretary Clinton
Feb 4, 2016 | Taxes

Clinton's Taxes on the Wealthy, Explained

Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has proposed several new taxes that would raise taxes on the wealthy...
health care
Feb 3, 2016 | Health Care| Taxes

Analysis of the Sanders Single-Payer Offsets

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) released the outline of a plan to move to a single-payer health care system in...
Feb 2, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

How Lawmakers Could Make the Budget Outlook Even Worse

CBO's summary of its budget outlook included a short summary of the long-term debt outlook, which showed debt rising continuously and eventually...
Sen. Bernie Sanders
Feb 2, 2016 | Health Care

How Much Would Sen. Bernie Sanders's Single-Payer Plan Cost?

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) recently released arguably his most ambitious policy proposal yet, to move to a single-...
Sen. Manchin and Sen. Lankford
Jan 29, 2016 | Social Security

Sen. Lankford and Sen. Manchin Ask For Continued Reform on the SSDI Program

Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter Thursday to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking...
Jan 29, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Everything You Need to Know About CBO's January 2016 Budget and Economic Outlook

We've published a new chartbook to illustrate the most important facts and figures from this week's report by the Congressional Budget Office...