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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.

Dec 9, 2015 | Taxes

Are Tax Extenders Worth The Cost?

As Congress appears to be closing in on a fiscally irresponsible tax extenders deal that's expected to cost $700 billion in the next decade and...
Kent Conrad
Dec 9, 2015 | Taxes

Kent Conrad: Congress should pay for any extension of tax breaks

Kent Conrad, former Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, wrote a commentary in The Hill. It is reposted here. Just under three years...
Tax Issue Area
Dec 9, 2015 | Taxes

GOP Campaigns Discuss Tax Plans

The Conservative Reform Network and Americans for Tax Reform recently hosted a forum where representatives from the Republican presidential campaigns...
health care
Dec 8, 2015 | Health Care

Health Reform Issues That 2016 Candidates Should Consider

The Brookings Institution’s Center on Children and Families recently held an event to discuss issues for the 2016 presidential candidates to...
Maya MacGuineas
Dec 8, 2015 | Taxes

Maya MacGuineas: To Keep Expiring Tax Cuts, Congress Considers Another Borrowing Bonanza

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, wrote a commentary that appeared in the Wall Street Journal Washington...
Dec 8, 2015 | Other Spending

Update: What Will Happen If the Government Shuts Down?

Here we go again, again. With government funding set to expire at the end of the week and no deal on the table, it is possible that the government...
Dec 7, 2015 | Health Care| Taxes

Washington Post Criticizes Senate Vote to Repeal the Cadillac Tax

There were many legislative developments in the past week, including the passage of a five-year highway bill and continued negotiations on a tax deal...
health care
Dec 7, 2015 | Health Care

CMS Finds Pickup in Health Care Spending Growth in 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its National Health Expenditure (NHE) numbers for 2014 today, showing an expected...
Secretary Clinton
Dec 4, 2015 | Other Spending

Hillary Clinton Releases Infrastructure Plan

This blog is part of a series of "Policy Explainers" for the 2016 presidential election, where we explain some of the candidates'...
Dec 3, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

Five Years Since Simpson-Bowles: How Much of It Have We Enacted?

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform's (Fiscal Commission's) vote on the Simpson-...