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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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Jul 26, 2017 | Health Care

Comparing "Repeal and Replace" Bills

As the Senate considers legislation this week to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare"), we've aggregated the proposed...
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Jul 25, 2017 | Health Care

Scoring "Skinny Repeal"

Press reports indicate that the latest Senate health care plan is to pass a "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare"), which...
Jul 24, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Mike Murphy: House Budget Rightfully Recognizes Threat of Oversized Debt

Mike Murphy, the Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, wrote an op-ed that is...
Jul 21, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

$200 Billion in Mandatory Savings Should Not Be Too Difficult

One of the debates preceding the House Budget resolution was whether the resolution should call for $200 billion of mandatory savings. This week's...
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Jul 20, 2017 | Health Care

CBO's Score of the Latest Senate Health Bill

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released its updated score of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA). This version includes...

Options for Meeting the House Budget's Reconciliation Instructions

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 House budget resolution includes reconciliation instructions requiring 11 House committees to report legislation that...
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Jul 19, 2017 | Health Care

Resources on the Evolving Health Care Debate

With the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) losing support in the Senate on Monday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)...
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Jul 18, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

House Budget Committee Releases FY 2018 Budget

House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black (R-TN) today released the Chairman’s mark of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 House budget resolution. The...
Maya MacGuineas
Jul 14, 2017 | Social Security

Maya MacGuineas: President Trump’s Logic on Social Security is Backwards

Maya MacGuineas is president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently...
Jul 14, 2017 | Health Care

Is CBO's Math on the BCRA Wrong Because It Uses Faulty Numbers?

The White House tweeted out a video Wednesday saying "the Congressional Budget Office's [CBO] math doesn't add up" because they use "faulty numbers...
Jul 13, 2017 | Social Security

How Old Will You Be When Social Security's Funds Run Out?

The Social Security Trust Funds are on a path to run out. Use this tool to find out what you stand to lose unless Washington acts. If you're...
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Jul 13, 2017 | Budget Process

Maya MacGuineas: White House Video Continues Dispiriting Pattern of CBO Attacks

Maya MacGuineas is president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently...
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Jul 13, 2017 | Health Care

CBO Releases Its Own Estimate of the President's Budget

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its estimate of the President's budget today. The estimate shows, perhaps unsurprisingly, a much worse...
Jul 12, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

How Might CBO Estimate the President's Budget?

When the President released his budget in May, the Administration estimated it would reach balance after a decade and reduce the debt-to-GDP ratio...
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How Committees Could Meet Reconciliation Instructions for Mandatory Savings

(Update 7/20/2017): The House Budget Committe has since released its FY 2018 budget resolution and reconciliation instructions. You can read an...
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Jul 10, 2017 | Economics

Judd Gregg: The Fed Leaps into the Unknown

Judd Gregg, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire, served as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee from 2005 to 2007 and...
Jul 6, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Did the Trade Deficit Cause $20 Trillion in Debt?

In a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, President Trump suggested that the national debt is caused by years of trade deficits. However...
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Jul 6, 2017 | Health Care

Long-Term Estimate: Senate Health Care Bill Could Save $2.1 Trillion Over 20 Years

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the Senate health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), would save $321 billion...
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Jul 6, 2017 | Health Care

4 Ideas That Should Be Considered For Any Health Reform Package

It is unclear whether the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) – the Senate GOP's proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "...

Marc Goldwein: 'Big 3' Burden: Entitlement Costs Simply Untenable

Marc Goldwein is the senior vice president and senior policy director of the Commitee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote an ...