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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.

Budget Process

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,...
Feb 23, 2016 | Other Spending

How Senator Ted Cruz Would Increase Defense Spending

Last week, Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) released a new plan to Rebuild America’s Military through a number of...
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Feb 22, 2016 | Taxes| Economics

Senator Ted Cruz's Tax Reform Plan

Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has a “Simple Flat Tax Plan” that would dramatically overhaul and simplify...
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Feb 18, 2016 | Other Spending

Would Sen. Sanders Increase the Government by 40%?

During the Democratic debate on February 11th, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Senator Bernie Sanders’s plans would...
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Feb 17, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Viewing the President's Budget Through a CBO Lens

The President’s Budget relies on assumptions from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), but we estimate that when it is estimated by the...
Feb 17, 2016 | Social Security

Would Reducing Fraud Make Social Security Solvent?

At the 7th Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump stated that he would “save Social Security” by reducing its “...