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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 28, 2014 | Social Security

Social Security Trustees Show Program Headed Toward Insolvency

Today, the Social Security and Medicare Trustees released reports on the financial state of the country's largest entitlement programs. The...
Jul 28, 2014 | Other Spending

Rep. Ryan Unveils Antipoverty Plan at AEI Event

The American Enterprise Institute held an event Thursdsay commemorating the 50th anniversary of the start of the War on Poverty. The event,...
Jul 25, 2014 | Other Spending

The Carper-Corker-Boxer Amendment: A Gimmick-Free Highway Funding Patch

This week, the Senate agreed by unanimous consent to consider the House-passed highway bill, H.R. 5021. The agreement allows for the consideration of...
Jul 25, 2014 | Budgets & Projections

Actually, Paul, the Debt is Still a Problem

In a recent New York Times column, economist Paul Krugman argued that the focus on the national debt represented “an imaginary budget and debt...

Economic Effects of the President's Budget: It's All About Immigration Reform

In its release this week of the economic effects of the President's budget, CBO found it would increase the size of the economy, mainly due...

Pension Smoothing Does Not Reduce the Deficit

In the coming days, the Senate will vote on the House-passed measure to replenish the Highway Trust Fund. The bill is a last-ditch effort to prevent...

Trust Fund Insolvency Dates Are Approaching Fast

Although most of our analysis of CBO's Long-Term Budget Outlook has focused on debt projections, CBO also makes projections about the solvency of...
Jul 23, 2014 | Budgets & Projections

How to Deal With Budget Projection Uncertainty

In our series on the long-term budget outlook, we covered how debt projections would change if some of CBO's economic and technical assumptions...
Jul 22, 2014 | Budgets & Projections

What If...

Any budget projection is inherently uncertain, and that uncertainty is magnified when the projection period is extended to 25 or 75 years, as the...
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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....

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