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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.

Jun 20, 2014 | Other Spending

CRFB to Conferees: Care for Veterans but be Fiscally Responsible

Both the House and Senate have passed bills reforming the VA, and a conference committee must now meet to hammer out differences between the two...
Jun 19, 2014 | Budget Process

Alternatives for Measuring the Federal Deficit

One of the wonkier fiscal debates that arises from time to time concerns the accounting method used to measure the size of the budget deficit. This...
Jun 19, 2014 | Taxes| Other Spending

Murphy-Corker: A Responsible Solution for Highways and an Irresponsible One for Tax Extenders

Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Bob Corker (R-TN) announced a proposal this week to close the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) shortfall by increasing the...
Jun 18, 2014


Accrual Deficit (revenue minus expenses) -$805.1 billion    ...
Jun 18, 2014 | Other Spending

Trust or Bust: Fixing the Highway Trust Fund

Update: After publication we wrote a series of blogs providing options for offsets or to bring spending and revenue in line. As well in May 2015 we...
Jun 17, 2014 | Health Care| Other Spending

CBO Finds House VA Bill Could Cost More, Does Cost Less Than Senate Bill

The Congressional Budget Office today released a preliminary analysis of several sections of the House VA reform bill. Like the Senate bill that we...
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Jun 17, 2014 | Social Security

Senators Begich and Murray Propose Social Security Benefit Enhancements

Last week, Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) and Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced legislation that would make targeted increases...
Jun 13, 2014 | Health Care| Other Spending

Paying for A Fix to the VA Health System

Now that both chambers of Congress have passed bills aimed at improving the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system, they will need...
Jun 12, 2014 | Health Care| Other Spending

Senate Vets Bill Could Create New $500 Billion Entitlement Program

The Senate voted 93-3 yesterday on new legislation to expand veterans' benefits by allowing beneficiaries to seek out private (non-VA) health...
Jun 12, 2014 | Taxes

House Keeps Increasing Deficits With Extenders

The House passed today two bills permanently reinstating three tax provisions that expired at the end of 2013. Extending these provisions would cost...