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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 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-...
Dec 3, 2015 | Taxes

Who Gets What in the Tax Extenders Deal?

Congress is still considering a potential fiscally irresponsible deal to extend the 50-some tax breaks that expired at the end of the year, known as...
Dec 2, 2015 | Other Spending

Highway Conference Agreement is Both Gimmicky and Costly

Congressional negotiators this week released a conference agreement on highway spending authorization that will largely settle the issue of highway...
Tax Issue Area
Dec 1, 2015 | Taxes

Tax Deal Goes Beyond Simple Extensions

Congress is in the process of negotiating a potential $700 billion deal that would extend several tax provisions that expired at the end of 2014...
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...
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...
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...