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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.

Maya MacGuineas
May 9, 2014 | Other Spending

Maya MacGuineas: Will Congress Listen to the Military on Pay?

Maya MacGuineas, President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, wrote a commentary that appeared in the Wall Street Journal Washington...
May 8, 2014

GAO's Long-Term Federal Budget Outlook Shows Grave Picture

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released the spring update to its long-term federal budget simulation series. In their...
May 7, 2014 | Health Care

How Much Difference Does Health Care Cost Growth Make to the Budget?

The recent slowdown in federal health care spending has certainly been good news for the budget, knocking hundreds of billions of dollars off...
May 7, 2014 | Taxes| Budget Process

President's Advisors Recommend Veto of Unoffset Tax Bill

The White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) yesterday in opposition to the extension and expansion of the Research &...
May 7, 2014 | Budgets & Projections

Actually, CBPP Says Don't Tune Out the Debt ... And They Are Right

Today, Wonkblog published a “Know More” feature arguing that “You Should Tune Out Politicians Who Are Still Talking about...
May 7, 2014 | Other Spending

House Defense Budget Rejects Pentagon Suggestions

The Pentagon's budget faces serious constraints this year as a result of budget caps agreed to last year and rising personnel, healthcare, and...
May 6, 2014 | Health Care

The $900 Billion Slowdown in Federal Health Care Spending

With April's updated projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), spending on major federal health care programs (Medicare, Medicaid,...
May 5, 2014 | Taxes

Want to Understand the Tax Extenders? Here's a Few Charts.

Congress is continuing to discuss this week the tax extenders, a set of tax breaks that expired at the end of last year which could have major fiscal...
May 5, 2014 | Budgets & Projections

CBPP: Long-Term Budget Outlook Remains a Challenge

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) released a new set of long-term debt projections today. They find that while the debt will remain...
May 2, 2014 | Taxes

Major Budget Plans Deal With Extenders Responsibly

As Congress considers how to address the “tax extenders” that expired last year, it’s important to remember that many major...