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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 16, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

How a Fed Rate Increase Could Affect the Budget

Today, the Federal Open Market Committee, the Fed's interest rate setting and deliberative body that meets eight times a year, could announce...
Business Tax
Dec 16, 2015 | Taxes

Negotiated Tax Deal Would Cost $680 Billion

Lawmakers have announced a negotiated package of business and individual tax breaks costing about $680 billion over ten years. After interest, we...
Steny Hoyer
Dec 15, 2015 | Taxes

Hoyer Slams Tax Extenders Deal

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) took to the House floor on Tuesday to assert his opposition to a potential tax extenders deal, citing a recent...
Dec 11, 2015 | Health Care| Taxes

Tax Extenders Deal Might End Up Adding $4 Trillion to the Debt

The $700 billion price tag on the rumored deal to permanently extend expired tax breaks might actually be underselling just how expensive the package...
Dec 10, 2015 | Taxes

Short-Term Extenders Package Is Still Irresponsible

Faced with the possible opposition over a $700 billion deal to extend permanently some of the expiring "tax extenders", Congress may...
Dec 10, 2015 | Taxes

Senate Democrats Ask for Extenders to be Offset

Last week Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Angus King (I-ME), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), sent a letter...
Health Care_Doctor
Dec 10, 2015 | Health Care| Taxes

Loren Adler: Tax Extenders Deal Could Undermine the ACA

Loren Adler, Research Director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, wrote a guest post that appeared on the RealClearPolicy blog. It...
Congress Money

Peuquet Highlights Importance of Budget Debates

As we face an end-of-the-year legislative crunch that promises to be fiscally irresponsible, former Research Director of the Committee for a...
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...