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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.

Aug 24, 2016 | Social Security

Marc Goldwein: Five Social Security Plans That Really Would Help Make America Great Again

Marc Goldwein is the senior vice president and senior policy director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote a guest...
Aug 23, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Our Quick Take on CBO's August Projections

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released updated baseline projections showing deficits and debt rising in the coming years. CRFB will...
Aug 22, 2016 | Other Spending| Economics

CBO: Federal Investment is Good for Long-Term Growth - If It's Paid For

Public investment has the potential to significantly increase economic growth, but only if its paid for – that's the key finding of a...
Aug 15, 2016 | Social Security

How Old Will You Be When Social Security's Funds Run Out?

The Social Security Trust Funds are on a path to run out. Use this tool to find out what you stand to lose unless Washington acts. If you're...
Aug 15, 2016 | Other Spending

Maya MacGuineas: We Can't Borrow Our Way to Prosperity

Maya MacGuineas, president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, wrote an op-ed...
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Aug 2, 2016 | Health Care

Health Care in CBO’s Long-Term Budget Outlook

Federal health care spending is one of the most important projections in the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) recent Long-Term Budget...
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Aug 1, 2016 | Social Security

Gene Steuerle: The 'Save Our Social Security Act of 2016': A Major Step Toward Reform

Dr. Eugene (Gene) Steuerle is the Richard B. Fisher chair and Institute fellow at the Urban Institute and a member of the Committee for a...
Aug 1, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Subject to Change: How Different Parameters Could Affect Long-Term Debt

Underlying the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) 30-year budget projections are a series of economic and demographic assumptions that are...
Social Security
Jul 29, 2016 | Social Security

Long-Term Budget Outlook Underlines Trouble Ahead for Social Security

The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) 2016 Long-Term Budget Outlook release came with updated projections of the 75-year solvency of Social...
Jul 28, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Making Trust Funds Solvent Would Just About Stabilize Debt

The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) long-term outlook shows a bleak picture, with federal debt steadily rising from 75 percent of Gross...