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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.

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...
May 1, 2014 | Other Spending

Administration Takes Up Transit Spending with the GROW AMERICA Act

The Administration recently submitted a $302 billion, four-year transit proposal to Congress to address the chronic challenges facing surface...
Apr 30, 2014 | Other Spending

House Kicks Off FY 2015 Appropriations Process

The first of the FY 2015 appropriations bills hit the House floor today, kicking off a five month timeline for lawmakers to avoid a government...
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Apr 29, 2014 | Other Spending

Senate to Consider Bipartisan Housing Finance Reform Bill

The push among lawmakers to reform housing finance has picked up lately, as proposals have been emerging in recent weeks. The most prominent one in...
Apr 29, 2014 | Taxes| Budget Process

Understanding the Difference Between Temporary and Permanent in Budget Scoring

This week, Congress will continue to deliberate if and how to continue the “tax extenders” which expired at the end of 2013. In doing so...
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Apr 28, 2014 | Taxes

Ways & Means Considers Extending Business Tax Breaks

The House and Senate appear to be taking different approaches to the "tax extenders" which expired at the end of 2013. Whereas the Senate...
Apr 25, 2014

CBO's Latest Estimate of TARP: $27 Billion

Caught up in the release of CBO's baseline and its analysis of the President's budget last week was another CBO update of their estimate of the...