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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.

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Jan 28, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

CBO's Budget Projections Show Deteriorating Fiscal Outlook

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released its latest Budget and Economic Outlook, which shows trillion-dollar deficits returning...
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Jan 22, 2020 | Other Spending

Have We Spent Trillions on Wars?

Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) claimed at the presidential debate last week that the wars in the Middle East "have cost us...
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Bipartisan, Bicameral Group Requests CBO to Include Debt Servicing Impact in Legislative Cost Estimates

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Representatives Ed Case (D-HI) and Michael Cloud (R-TX), in a bipartisan and bicameral group of 68 lawmakers, this week...
Jan 17, 2020 | Economics

Kurt Couchman: When will cheap credit dry up?

Kurt Couchman is co-director of legislative strategy at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote an ...
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Jan 14, 2020 | Other Spending

Joe Biden's Preschool and K-12 Education Plan

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden has proposed his Plan for Educators, Students, and our Future focused on...
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Jan 14, 2020

Watch: Bridging Our Divides: Confronting America’s Threat from Within

FixUS, a project of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, hosted "Bridging Our Divides: Confronting America's Threat from Within," a public...
Donald Trump
Jan 8, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

President Trump has Signed $4.7 Trillion of Debt into Law

Our US Budget Watch 2020 project analyzes, estimates, and explains the fiscal implications of proposals introduced during the presidential campaigns...
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Jan 7, 2020 | Social Security

Support for TRUST Act Grows

The Time to Rescue United States Trusts Act, or the TRUST Act, was introduced last fall on a bipartisan basis in both chambers of Congress to...
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Jan 7, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Cassidy Criticizes Process and Results of Budget Deal

Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago criticized last month's appropriations deal for both its...
Maya MacGuineas
Jan 2, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas: A Resolution for Congress in 2020 – Make Better Fiscal Policy Decisions

Maya MacGuineas is president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently wrote an...
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Dec 31, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Our Top Fiscal Charts of 2019

2019 was a busy year for budget policy, which gave us ample opportunities to conduct substantive policy analysis using charts and tables. This...
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Dec 30, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

The Decade in the Federal Budget

When it comes to fiscal policy, the 2010s have been quite a rollercoaster. Below, we’ve identified a few major budgetary trends and patterns of the...
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Dec 24, 2019 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2020

Updated 12/24/2019: Congress did not complete action on appropriations before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. Congress enacted a continuing...
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Dec 24, 2019 | Budget Process

Upcoming Congressional Fiscal Policy Deadlines

Updated 12/24/2019: Congress did not complete action on appropriations before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, although lawmakers enacted...
Dec 19, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Policymakers Added $2.2 Trillion to the Debt in 2019

With Congress finishing up appropriations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, including additional provisions that will add $500 billion in debt over the next...
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Dec 18, 2019 | Health Care| Taxes

Appropriations Deal Will Cost $2.1 Trillion Over 20 Years

The appropriations deal's numerous deficit-increasing policies, most notably its permanent repeal of three Affordable Care Act (ACA) taxes,...
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Dec 18, 2019 | Other Spending

Cory Booker's "Baby Bonds" Plan

Presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has put forward a proposal to establish savings accounts for every child born in America funded...
Dec 17, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Mike Murphy: Unlike Politicians in D.C., Some Are Willing to Work Together

Mike Murphy is the Chief of Staff and Director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget's FixUs initiative. He recently wrote an op-ed...
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Dec 17, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas: Will the Federal Government's Nonstop Spending Binge Continue?

Maya MacGuineas is president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently wrote an...
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Dec 16, 2019 | Budget Process

PAYGO Tracker: FY 2020

The first rule of getting out of a hole is to stop digging it deeper. Yet with deficits projected to exceed $1 trillion this fiscal...

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