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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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Jun 23, 2019 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2020

Congress began appropriations work for FY 2020 in March and started to release individual appropriations bills in May. Under current law,...
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Jun 20, 2019 | Taxes

Tax Extender Package Could Lead to $710 Billion of More Debt

Update 6/24/2019: During markup, the Ways & Means Committee added an amendment further increasing the child tax credit for young children, at an...
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Jun 13, 2019 | Health Care

Lawmakers Shouldn't Repeal Cadillac Tax Without Substantial Offsets

A bill to repeal the "Cadillac tax" on high-cost health insurance plans may soon get a vote on the House floor. This tax was an important part of the...
Jun 12, 2019 | Social Security

Event Recap: Disability Policy for the 21st Century

On Thursday, June 6, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative hosted an event on "Disability...
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Jun 11, 2019 | Budget Process

Upcoming Congressional Fiscal Policy Deadlines

Updated 6/11/2019: The next two years will include several predictable fiscal policy deadlines that will force congressional action. Many of...
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Jun 6, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

CBO: Debt Remains Unsustainable With r < g

The national debt is rising at an unsustainable pace. A factor that helps is interest rates currently being lower than the economic growth rate...
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Jun 6, 2019 | Social Security

Watch: Disability Policy for the 21st Century

The McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative recently hosted a breakfast and panel discussion on Disability Policy for the 21st Century....
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Jun 4, 2019 | Other Spending

House Immigration Bill Should Be Offset

The House is poised to vote on the American Dream and Promise Act (HR 6) that would allow certain immigrants to obtain Lawful Permanent Resident...
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Jun 4, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Judd Gregg: And the threat is...

Judd Gregg, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire, served as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee from 2005 to 2007 and ranking...
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May 29, 2019 | Health Care

Senate HELP Committee Releases Discussion Draft to Reduce Health Care Costs

The leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee recently released the Lower Health Care Costs Act, a discussion...
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May 24, 2019 | Other Spending

Lawmakers Should Offset Latest Disaster Relief Package

Yesterday, the Senate voted to appropriate an additional $19 billion in disaster relief to aid the damage caused by wildfires, hurricanes,...
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May 23, 2019 | Other Spending

Representative Blumenauer Introduces Bill to Shore Up the Highway Trust Fund

Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has introduced the Rebuild America Act, which would raise the excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel...
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May 20, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas: Federal Disaster Funding Doesn't Have To Be An Emergency

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...
May 17, 2019 | Budget Process

Hearing Recap: Fixing a Broken Budget and Spending Process – Perspectives of Two Former Chairmen

The Senate Budget Committee began a series of hearings on reforming the budget process on May 15. The first hearing, “Fixing a Broken Budget and...
May 15, 2019 | Other Spending

Gimmick Alert: Congress Considering Increasing Spending Through Harbor Maintenance Maneuver

Having already used the war spending designation and fake mandatory savings to get around discretionary spending caps, lawmakers are turning to...
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May 15, 2019 | Other Spending

Options to Offset An Infrastructure Package

A meeting between Democratic Congressional leaders and President Trump a few weeks ago raised the possibility of an infrastructure package. The...
Kent Conrad and Judd Gregg
May 13, 2019 | Budget Process

WATCH: Conrad and Gregg Testify Before Senate Budget Committee

Two former Senate Budget chairmen are testifying today before the Senate Budget Committee on the failures of the current budget process and the...
May 13, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Tim Penny & David Minge: Our Trillion-Dollar Problem Deserves Bipartisan Attention

Tim Penny is co-chair and David Minge is a board member at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Both are former Representatives from the...
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May 10, 2019 | Social Security

Event Recap: Unpacking the 2019 Social Security Trustees' Report

On April 26, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget hosted a lunch and panel discussion on "Unpacking the Social Security Trustees' Report."...
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May 10, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

IMF: U.S. Continues to Stand Out with Growing Debt

The United States ranks number one among advanced economies in expected increase of debt as a percentage of Gross Domestic...

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