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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.

Jul 27, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

How Much Would Clinton and Trump Increase Our $19 Trillion Gross Debt?

Our report Promises and Price Tags: A Fiscal Guide to the 2016 Election estimates that debt held by the public would rise from about $14 trillion...
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Jul 25, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Has President Obama Doubled the National Debt?

While accepting the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump said, "President Obama has almost doubled our national debt to more than $...
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Jul 22, 2016 | Health Care

Latest Health Spending Projection Shows Higher Spending Growth Ahead

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its National Health Expenditure (NHE) projections for 2015-2025 last week. National...
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Jul 22, 2016 | Taxes

Is the U.S. the Highest Taxed Nation in the World?

As he accepted the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump stated that “America is one of the highest-taxed countries...
Jul 21, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

The Long-Term Outlook Could Be Even Worse Than CBO Says

The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) long-term outlook shows debt nearly doubling as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the...
Jul 19, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

The Very, Very Long-Term Budget Outlook

The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) long-term outlook shows growing federal debt over the next 30 years, but we extended those projections to...
Jul 19, 2016 | Taxes

What Donald Trump Can Do to Improve His Tax and Spending Policies

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week, Donald Trump’s economic advisers Andy Puzder and Stephen Moore stated that the campaign will release...
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Jul 15, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

OMB’s Mid-Session Review Confirms Growing Deficits Ahead

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released today the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Mid-Session Review (MSR), which updates both OMB’s budget...
Jul 14, 2016 | Budget Process

Chairman Enzi Proposes Budget Process Reforms

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) outlined his recommendations for budget process reform yesterday based on bipartisan discussions in...
Jul 13, 2016 | Social Security

Rep. Ribble Releases Legislation to Make Social Security Solvent

Representative Reid Ribble (R-WI) along with a bipartisan group of cosponsors released the Save Our Social Security Act today, a bill which...