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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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Jul 21, 2014 | Budget Process

Budget Act at 40: BPC Hosts Panel Discussion

The Bipartisan Policy Center held an event Tuesday commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Congressional Budget Act, which became law on July 12....
Jul 21, 2014

Judd Gregg: Easier to add debt than choose

Judd Gregg, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire, served as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee from 2005 to 2007 and ranking member...
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Jul 21, 2014 | Budget Process

Kent Conrad and Judd Gregg: The Two Budgeteers: All for One in Effort to Update Budget Act

Kent Conrad, a former Democratic senator from North Dakota, and Judd Gregg, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire, are both former chairmen...
Jul 21, 2014 | Budgets & Projections

CBO: Consequences of a Growing National Debt

In addition to showing the path of future debt, CBO's Long-Term Budget Outlook described the consequences of a large and growing federal debt....
Jul 18, 2014 | Budgets & Projections

CRFB's Maya MacGuineas on the Long-Term Budget Outlook

This week, CRFB President Maya MacGuineas appeared on Bloomberg Television to discuss the CBO's Long-Term Budget Outlook and how imperative it is for...
Jul 18, 2014 | Budgets & Projections

Quantifying the Cost of Waiting to Address Debt

The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) Long-Term Budget Outlook shows a clearly unsustainable debt path over the long term, one that...

Dissecting the Good Health Care Spending News in CBO's Long-Term Outlook

The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) new Long-Term Budget Outlook presents plenty of good news on Medicare costs yet still highlights the...

High Debt Drags Down The Economy

New calculations in the Congressional Budget Office's Long-Term Budget Outlook show that the high debt projected under current law could diminish...
Jul 16, 2014 | Taxes

Without Budget Discipline, a Spending Spree Ensues

Budget rules require new policies to be paid for with savings elsewhere in the budget. Policymakers must balance the new policy against the choices...
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CBO: Social Security Trust Fund To Be Exhausted 1 Year Earlier, in 2030

One of the biggest stories of last year's long-term outlook was the deterioration in Social Security's financial picture. Largely due to CBO...