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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 25, 2014 | Other Spending

CBO Releases Score of Postal Reform Act

CBO published its score of the Postal Reform Act of 2013 (H.R. 2748), a bill introduced by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA...
Jun 25, 2014

MY VIEW: Jim Nussle

Jim Nussle, Co-Chair of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget from 2007-2009...
Jun 25, 2014 | Other Spending

Finance Committee Considers Short Term Highway Extension

As we've been writing about various ways to improve the state of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), the Senate Finance Committee has been discussing...
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Jun 25, 2014

CRFB President Maya MacGuineas to Testify at Biennial Budgeting Hearing Today

This morning at 10 a.m., the House Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process will hold a hearing on the Biennial Budgeting and Enhanced...
Jun 25, 2014 | Social Security

Sahadi Warns of Disability Insurance Insolvency

We've written many times on the need to reform Social Security well before it becomes insolvent in the 2030s. But as Jeanne Sahadi explains in a...
Jun 24, 2014 | Other Spending

Restoring Highway Solvency by Reducing Spending

We released a new paper, Trust or Bust: Fixing the Highway Trust Fund, which showed the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) faces a $170 billion shortfall over...
Jun 23, 2014 | Other Spending| Taxes

Restoring Highway Solvency by Increasing Current Revenue

Without a fix soon, the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) will run out of money this summer, slowing down infrastructure projects across the nation. Our...
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Jun 23, 2014

Senate Medicare Bill Would Undermine Deficit Reduction Efforts

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) indicated his plans to bring up the Medicare Protection Act for a vote on the Senate floor....
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...