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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.

Christine Lagarde

The IMF Looks at Budget Institutions in G-20 Countries

The International Monetary Fund recently published a study on budget institutions in G-20 countries. The study takes stock of these...

Repatriation Tax Holiday Doesn't Work As a Highway Trust Fund Offset

With the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) running low and the threat of disrupting highway construction later this summer, lawmakers are scrambling to come...
Jun 10, 2014 | Health Care

Determining Medicare's Underlying Growth

Despite the noted acceleration in broader health care spending this year (likely due in large part to coverage expansions), Medicare continues to...
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)...