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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.

FY 2017
Mar 21, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

House Budget Confirms It Takes $8 Trillion to Balance the Budget

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 House budget resolution that advanced out of the House Budget Committee last week keeps up the recent tradition of...
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Maya MacGuineas: How House Republicans Could Attract Bipartisan Support on Entitlement Savings

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, wrote a commentary that...
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House Budget Attempts to Set in Motion Savings and Process Reforms

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 House budget resolution released yesterday contains ambitious promises of deficit reduction to balance the budget within...
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House Budget Would Expand War Spending Gimmick

The Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) designation has often been used to circumvent spending limits, and the budget resolution released by House...
Tom Price
Mar 15, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Chairman Price Rolls out the FY 2017 House Budget

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) today released the FY 2017 House budget resolution to formally kick off the Congressional budget...
Mar 14, 2016

Statement by Maya MacGuineas on the Passing of Former Congressman Martin Sabo

All of us at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget are deeply saddened by the loss of former Congressman Martin Sabo, a dedicated member of...
Mar 14, 2016 | Health Care| Taxes

Two Committees Roll Out Mandatory Savings Package

Last week, two House Committees, Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce, released a package of bills that would reduce mandatory spending. The bills...
Mar 14, 2016

ARCHIVE: Analysis of Donald Trump's Health Care Plan

NOTE: This is an archive version of this analysis and contains out-of-date estimates. The most up-to-date analysis can be found here:
Business Tax
Mar 11, 2016 | Taxes

Ted Cruz's Tax Plan is a VAT

Senator Ted Cruz has repeatedly denied the claim that his 16 percent business flat tax as actually a value-added tax (VAT). Although...
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Rep. Tom McClintock Proposes Changes to Improve Budget Enforcement

As House Republicans continue to discuss the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget resolution, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) has recommended budget process...