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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.

Jun 3, 2020 | Other Spending

Maya MacGuineas Testifies at COVID-19 Fiscal Oversight Hearing

To ensure oversight of the trillions of dollars in economic relief authorized to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn, the...
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May 28, 2020 | Other Spending

CBO Releases Options to Shore Up Highway Trust Fund

CBO recently published a report focused on options to address the impending insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). 
May 28, 2020 | Other Spending

An Update on the Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program is one of the larger and most well-known initiatives that has been created to support small businesses during the...
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May 28, 2020 | Other Spending

Charlie Stenholm: We will have to face rising national debt

Charlie Stenholm is a senior policy advisor at Olsson Frank Weeda, P.C., and a member of the Committee for a Resonsible Federal Budget. He...
May 27, 2020 | Other Spending

Eugene Steuerle: This is not your grandfather's debt problem

Now that the covid-19 crisis has produced predictions that we soon will reach a debt-to-GDP ratio previously seen only once before — during...
May 27, 2020 | Other Spending

What's in the $3 Trillion HEROES Act?

Updated on 6/3/2020 to reflect CBO's estimate of the HEROES Act. The House...
May 26, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas Joins Fox Business to Discuss Federal Debt Projections

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget President Maya MacGuineas recently appeared on Mornings with Maria on Fox Business. She...
May 21, 2020 | Other Spending

Tim Penny: Pandemic-related federal aid: Make it fast, but also make it prudent

The reason to maintain fiscal order during a strong economy is to make room for a robust fiscal response during times of crisis. Looking back, it’s...
May 20, 2020 | Economics

CBO Releases Interim Economic Projections

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released a new set of economic projections for 2020 and 2021 showing a sharp economic contraction during...
May 15, 2020 | Taxes

75% of Economic Impact Payments Have Been Paid So Far

The $1.7 trillion CARES Act included an estimated $293 billion for direct payments to individuals, officially deemed “Economic Impact Payments...
May 15, 2020 | Other Spending

Fed Mortgage-Backed Security Purchases Reached a New Record

The Federal Reserve purchased nearly $180 billion in Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) last week, more than any week in history — including...
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Robert Reischauer and Charles Blahous: Letter from Former Trustees of Social Security and Medicare

The 2020 annual reports of the Social Security and Medicare trustees underscore the increasingly urgent need for legislative...
May 12, 2020 | Other Spending

COVID Response: How Much Money Has Been Made Available So Far?

The fiscal and monetary policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crisis has been both swift and substantial. We have...
May 11, 2020 | Economics

Is the Fed Buying Our New Debt?

So far, the legislative response to the COVID-19 pandemic has injected around $1.5 trillion of fiscal support into the economy. In combination...
May 5, 2020 | Other Spending

Join Us on Giving Tuesday to Help Those in Need

As the country continues to combat COVID-19, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is coming to you with a unique request. While...
Apr 30, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas Joins C-SPAN to Discuss Coronavirus and Federal Debt

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget President Maya MacGuineas recently appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal. She discussed...
Apr 30, 2020 | Other Spending

COVID Money Tracker: Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Projection Program (PPP) was established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help small businesses...
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Apr 29, 2020 | Other Spending

COVID Money Tracker: Airline Worker Support

Of the $2.2 trillion in fiscal support made available under the CARES Act, roughly $60 billion was allocated specifically to the airline...
Apr 24, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

CBO Updates Budget Projections In Wake of COVID-19

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a blog post outlining its latest projections of near-term federal debt and deficits in the wake...
Apr 22, 2020 | Other Spending

What's in the Fourth Coronavirus Package?

The Senate yesterday passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care...

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