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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.

Mar 10, 2016 | Taxes

Event: Scoring the 2016 Presidential Tax Plans

Update: The event is now over, and a recording of the video will be available soon. As a part of our Fiscal FactCheck project, CRFB is hosting an...
Fiscal FactCheck

Four Fiscal FactChecks from the Past Month

As the 2016 Presidential primary season rolls on, CRFB continues to fact check the candidates on budget-related statements made during the campaign...
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Mar 7, 2016 | Health Care

Could Negotiating Medicare Drug Prices Save $300 Billion Per Year?

Over the course of the Presidential campaign, Republican campaign Donald Trump has repeatedly called for having Medicare directly negotiate...
2016 Campaign
Mar 4, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

MY VIEW: Marc Goldwein: Candidates' budget plans don't add up

Marc Goldwein is the Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He gave an ...
House Budget
Mar 4, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Congress Can Pass Bills to Reduce the Deficit This Year

House Members appear to be resolving a disagreement over what this year’s discretionary spending cap should be. Some House Republicans have...
Mar 3, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Auerbach-Gale Analysis Agrees on the Worsening Fiscal Outlook

Alan Auerbach of the University of California-Berkeley and William Gale of the Tax Policy Center recently published a report, "Once More Unto...

Comparing the Major Republican Candidates on the Budget

In preparation for upcoming Republican debates, we have put together a primer detailing the candidates’ positions on issues relating to...
Budget Process

Will Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Interest Take up 83% of Spending in Five Years?

During the February 25 Republican presidential debate, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said: I want to go back to this question you asked...
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Feb 26, 2016 | Health Care| Taxes

Additional Offsets for Senator Sanders's Health Plan

In a recent analysis, we praised Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for proposing offsets to pay for his “Medicare-for-all” health plan,...
Maya MacGuineas
Feb 24, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas: The next president must campaign responsibly on fiscal issues

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, wrote an essay for...