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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 9, 2014 | Other Spending

Are Veterans Benefits Too Generous?

For several years, the Department of Defense (DoD) has been suggesting ways to trim parts of the Defense budget to make room for other military...
Jun 9, 2014 | Health Care

Only 13% of Uninsured Expected to Pay Individual Mandate Penalty

The individual mandate penalty is arguably the most controversial piece of the Affordable Care Act. It was the centerpiece of the legal challenge to...
Jun 6, 2014 | Health Care

Two New Ideas to Save Money on Drugs in Health Affairs

The House Affordable Medicines Caucus recently launched by Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Keith Rothfus (R-PA) already has plenty of ideas to reform...

Senator Sanders Proposes Emergency VA Authorization

In response to the recent VA scandal and hospital backlogs, Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has proposed legislation...
Alice Rivlin
Jun 5, 2014

MY VIEW: Alice Rivlin

Alice Rivlin is a former Director of the Congressional Budget Office and Office of Management and Budget. She has served as a member of the National...
Jun 4, 2014 | Other Spending

Another Example of Abusing the War Spending Label

President Obama yesterday announced $1 billion for a European Reassurance Initiative to step up U.S. presence and planning in Central and Eastern...
Jun 3, 2014 | Other Spending

Postal Service Emerges as Offset for Highway Trust Fund

Bloomberg Businessweek reported last week that House Republicans are considering a plan that would utilize savings from U.S. Postal Service (USPS)...
Jun 2, 2014 | Taxes

Should Congress Extend Bonus Depreciation?

The Ways and Means Committee voted on a number of tax bills last week, including legislation that would restore and expand bonus depreciation at a...
May 30, 2014 | Social Security

Delaney and Cole Propose Social Security Commission

Reps. John Delaney (D-MD) and Tom Cole (R-OK) introduced the Social Security Commission Act of 2014 today, which would establish a statutory...
May 29, 2014 | Health Care

House Affordable Medicines Caucus Has Options

Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Keith Rothfus (R-PA) have officially re-launched a bipartisan caucus in the House looking to promote the use of high-...