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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 5, 2015 | Health Care

House Reconciliation Runs Afoul of Byrd Rule

Update: CBO has released scores of the three reconciliation bills showing net ten-year savings of $57 billion but a deficit increase of $1 billion in...
Oct 2, 2015 | Budget Process

Debt Limit Coming Nov. 5 - Time for Reform?

Yesterday evening, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew indicated that the extraordinary measures Treasury is using to avoid breaching the debt limit will run...
Oct 2, 2015 | Health Care| Taxes

101 Economists to Congress: Keep the Cadillac Tax

In light of the recent reconciliation package that repeals the Cadillac tax on high-cost health insurance plans and Democratic Presidential candidate...
Social Security
Oct 1, 2015 | Social Security

Cotton and Manchin Advocate for Bipartisan Action on SSDI

Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) wrote an op-ed that appeared on Fox News Tuesday advocating for measures to help those who do or...
Sep 29, 2015 | Taxes

Donald Trump Releases Huge Tax Plan

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced his tax reform plan yesterday to lower tax rates and simplify the tax code with...
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Senate Funding Bill Would Rely on OCO Gimmick

The Senate Appropriations Committee earlier this week posted a draft bill that would extend government funding until December 11 and avert a...
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Sep 25, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

What Will Happen If the Government Shuts Down?

Here we go again. With government funding set to expire in one week and no clear plan appearing yet, it is possible that the government will shut...
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Sep 24, 2015 | Health Care

Sanders and Clinton Release Plans to Tackle Prescription Drug Costs

Over the past few weeks, the two leading Democratic candidates for President, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator...
Sep 22, 2015 | Other Spending

Highway Trust Fund Runs Out Next Summer

According to a new Department of Transportation (DOT) estimate, the Highway Trust Fund will likely last until late next summer instead of at the end...

Fiscal FactCheck: The Second Republican Debate

This blog is part of the “Fiscal FactCheck” series designed to examine the accuracy of budget-related statements made during the 2016...