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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.

Sen. James Lankford
Dec 1, 2015 | Other Spending

Lankford Publishes Federal Fumbles

Senator James Lankford (R-OK), former Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-OK) successor, is maintaining the Debt Doctor's legacy with his Federal...
Bixby and MacGuineas
Nov 30, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

Robert L. Bixby and Maya MacGuineas: Campaigns must focus on debt before all else

Robert L. Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, and Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal ...
Nov 25, 2015 | Taxes

Emerging Tax Deal Could Add $2.3 Trillion in Debt by 2035

A fiscally irresponsible bipartisan deal is emerging to re-instate, make permanent, and in some cases expand many expired tax breaks known as tax...
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Nov 25, 2015 | Taxes

Seven Reasons to Pay for Tax Extenders

By the end of the year, lawmakers will likely to try to revive the “tax extenders,” a set of more than 50 tax breaks that expired at the...
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Nov 25, 2015 | Other Spending

Five-Year Highway Bill Could Be a Costly Mistake

As the House and Senate are conferencing their highway bills, a debate has broken out over how to spend the $78 billion of offsets. Setting aside the...
2016 Campaign
Nov 20, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

2016 Presidential Candidates Need To Propose Debt Solutions

The Brookings Institution's Center on Children and Families held an event this week highlighting eight big issues the presidential candidates...
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Nov 18, 2015 | Other Spending

Does Significantly Less Than 10 Percent of Defense Spending Go to Fighting International Terrorism?

During the November 14th Democratic debate, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said “We're spending over $600 billion a year on the military and...
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Nov 16, 2015 | Budget Process

A Biennial Approach to Better Budgeting

Biennial budgeting was the subject of a recent Senate Budget Committee hearing, the second in a series on budget process. Testifying...
Rand Paul
Nov 16, 2015 | Taxes

Senator Rand Paul Releases Flat Tax Plan

This blog is part of a series of "Policy Explainers" for the 2016 presidential election, where we explain some of the candidates'...
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Nov 14, 2015 | Economics

Is the Real Unemployment Rate 10%?

In the Democratic debate on November 14, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stated that the real unemployment rate was around 10 percent. When Sanders...

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