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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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Oct 28, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

Does the Budget Deal Allow Obama To Borrow Unlimited Amounts?

In the Republican debate, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said the recent budget deal “allows President Obama to borrow unlimited amounts of money....
Oct 28, 2015 | Other Spending

Does the Budget Deal Take $150 Billion From Social Security and Spend It Elsewhere?

In discussing the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 – the budget deal that is working its way through Congress – former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R...
Oct 28, 2015 | Other Spending

Does the Average Worker Pay $100,000 in Medicare Taxes and Receive $350,000 in Benefits?

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said during the debate that the average worker will pay $100,000 in Medicare taxes and receive $350,000 in benefits. According...
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Bush Proposes Social Security and Medicare Reform Plan

This blog is part of a series of "Policy Explainers" for the 2016 presidential election, where we explain some of the candidates'...
Oct 27, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

Budget Deal Truly Offsets Only Half Its Cost

Lawmakers are currently considering a budget deal that would increase appropriated spending, suspend the debt limit until March 2017, reallocate...
Oct 27, 2015 | Other Spending

Bush Proposes Social Security And Medicare Reform Plan

Today, Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush unveiled a new plan – among the most detailed we have...
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Oct 26, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

Washington Post Praises Rigell Sequester Plan

Over the weekend, the Washington Post editorial board wrote a piece praising the sequester plan that Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) released last week. The...
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Oct 26, 2015

Alan Simpson & Maya MacGuineas: Too much debt, not enough solutions

Alan Simpson is a former Republican senator from Wyoming, former co-chair of the Simpson-Bowles Fiscal Commission, and a member of the Committee for...
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Will Budget Negotiators Depend on OCO?

Recent press reports indicate that the ongoing budget negotiations between Congressional leaders and the White House may lean on the use of the...
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Oct 23, 2015 | Budget Process

Time To Reform The Federal Budget Process

The Senate Budget Committee held a hearing this week, the first in a series, on the need to reform the federal budget process. Testifying were...