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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 30, 2017 | Health Care

Is There a Medicaid Spending Increase Under the Senate Health Bill?

President Donald Trump recently claimed on Twitter that Medicaid spending will go up under the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). It is...
Jun 29, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Highlights from CBO's June Baseline Update

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released updated ten-year budgetary baseline and economic projections. Like its previous projection in...
Rudolph Penner
Jun 28, 2017 | Health Care

Rudolph Penner: The Attacks On The Congressional Budget Office Are Wrong

Dr. Rudolph Penner was the director of the Congressional Budget Office from 1983 to 1987, and he is an Institute Fellow at the Urban ...
Maya MacGuineas
Jun 27, 2017 | Taxes

Maya MacGuineas: Trump is Wrong on US Tax Ranking, But We Still Need Tax Reform

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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Jun 26, 2017 | Health Care

CBO Scores the Senate Health Care Bill

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released its score of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA). This is the Senate's version of...
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Jun 22, 2017 | Taxes

Do Temporary Tax Cuts Only Have A Small Impact on Growth?

While promoting tax reform, House Speaker Paul Ryan stated Tuesday that temporary tax cuts do not produce a large boost to economic growth: These...
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Jun 22, 2017 | Health Care

Quick Take: The Major Changes in the Senate's AHCA

Senate Republicans released their draft version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 this morning. This is the Senate version of the...
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Jun 21, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Build a Responsible Federal Budget With Our New Debt Fixer Tool

Now that President Trump has unveiled his full budget proposal and Congress is working on its own budget resolution, CRFB is launching a new tool...
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Jun 20, 2017 | Health Care

Paying for the Senate's Changes to the AHCA

Senate Republicans are continuing work on their iteration of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), and press reports indicate that senators aim to...
Jun 15, 2017 | Taxes

Options to Help Pay For the Trump Tax Plan

President Trump's tax reform proposal could cost $5.5 trillion over 10 years, but many of the details that might bring the price tag down have not...
Jun 14, 2017 | Health Care

Gene Steuerle: Replacing The Individual Mandate to Buy Health Insurance: A First Step To Compromise

Dr. Eugene (Gene) Steuerle is the Richard B. Fisher chair and Institute fellow at the Urban Institute and a member of the Committee for a Responsible...
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Jun 13, 2017 | Health Care

A First Look at the CMS Estimate of the AHCA

The Chief Actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its score of the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA)...

Price Confirms Double-Counting in President's Budget

One source of uncertainty in the President's budget is how much savings it contains from reducing Medicaid spending. In testimony last week to the...
Jun 12, 2017 | Economics

CRFB on NPR's Planet Money: How to Get 3% Growth

Achieving 3 percent sustained annual growth would be incredibly difficult, yet that assumption is embedded in President Trump’s proposed budget. In...
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Jun 12, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas and Robert L. Bixby: President Trump’s budget is ‘incoherent’

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, and Robert L. Bixby,...
Jun 12, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Marc Goldwein: Three Smart Reforms in Trump's Budget

Marc Goldwein is the senior vice president and senior policy director of the Commitee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote an ...
Jun 12, 2017 | Other Spending

President Trump's Infrastructure Proposals, Explained

One of the key priorities for the White House has been infrastructure, with last week declared "infrastructure week" and President Trump unveiling...
Jun 8, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

How Much Overlap is There Between the Trump and Obama Budgets?

We noted last year that President Obama's final budget might not be as much of a dead letter as many observers assumed. Though there was likely to be...
Maya MacGuineas
Jun 8, 2017

Maya MacGuineas: Tough budget choices for Congress, the president

Maya MacGuineas is president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently...
Jun 6, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

How the President's Budget Cuts Are Distributed

The President's budget includes sizeable cuts to federal spending to reduce deficits, but how are those cuts distributed? The budget shows that most...