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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.

Nov 18, 2016 | Economics

Are Bond Markets Signaling the "Announcement Effect"?

Since last week's election results, markets have reacted by pushing the yield for ten-year Treasury bonds up more than 0.3 percentage points to 2...
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Nov 14, 2016 | Budget Process

Debt Limit Deadline: March 16, 2017 – Time for Reform?

One of the first legislative deadlines President-elect Donald Trump and the 115th Congress will face is the need to raise the debt limit. The budget...
Nov 9, 2016

What We Know About President-Elect Trump's Agenda

Donald Trump has won the 2016 presidential election, but what will President-elect Trump's policy agenda be? Throughout the 2016 campaign, we...
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Nov 8, 2016 | Social Security

The Real Story on Social Security Deficits

Social Security faces a serious financial shortfall, but there is no shortage of Social Security myths designed to draw attention away from the need...
Nov 2, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Wrapping up the 2016 Fiscal Year

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget deficit totaled $587 billion, according to the final data from the Treasury Department. Although this is nearly 60...
Oct 31, 2016 | Social Security

Marc Goldwein: These 5 Supposed Fixes for Social Security Won’t Solve Its Problems

Marc Goldwein is the senior vice president and senior policy director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote an op-ed...
Oct 31, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Interactive Tool: Reforming the Candidates' Fiscal Plans

Our recent in-depth analysis Promises and Price Tags found that the national debt would continue to rise under a Hillary Clinton or a Donald Trump...
Oct 26, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Looking at the Long Term Under the Candidates' Plans

We’ve shown before that neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump would reverse the unsustainable growth of the national debt over the next...
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Oct 25, 2016 | Health Care

Medicare Premium Issue Makes a Return

The recent announcement of a 0.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security beneficiaries does not just affect those on the program...
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Oct 24, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas: Neither Candidate Has Any Real Plan for Our National Debt

Maya MacGuineas is president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently...