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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 22, 2021 | Health Care

Can Medicare Advantage Reforms Save the Trust Fund?

  The Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund is only six years from insolvency according to the Congressional Budget Office...
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Jul 22, 2021 | Budget Process

Kent Conrad: Congress should reinstate the 'Conrad Rule' to prevent abuse of budget reconciliation

Kent Conrad is a former senator from North Dakota, a former Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, and a member of the Committee for a Responsible...
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True Cost of Budget Plan Could Exceed $5 Trillion

The Senate may soon move forward on reconciliation instructions to allow for the enactment of $3.5 trillion in new spending and tax breaks (on top of...
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Jul 18, 2021 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2022

Congress started marking up individual appropriations bills for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 in June. Discretionary spending levels are no longer...
Jul 8, 2021

Maya MacGuineas on Fox Business Discussing the Growing National Debt

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget President Maya MacGuineas joined “Mornings with Maria" on Fox Business to discuss the status of COVID...
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Jul 7, 2021 | Taxes

There is No Such Thing as Progressive SALT Cap Relief

  According to media reports, Congress is considering reforming, rather than repealing, the $10,000 cap on the deduction for State and Local...
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Jul 6, 2021 | Budget Process

Upcoming Congressional Fiscal Policy Deadlines

Updated 7/6/2021: On March 11, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan, enacted through budget reconciliation, which includes an extension of...
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Jul 6, 2021 | Taxes

Republican and Democratic Presidents Support Reducing the Tax Gap

One of the most fair and efficient ways for policymakers to raise revenue would be to close some portion of the “tax gap," or the difference...
Jul 6, 2021 | Other Spending

How Long Before Cancelled Student Debt Would Return?

Federal student loan borrowers currently owe $1.6 trillion of student debt to the federal government. Cancelling some or all debt for current...
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Jul 1, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

CBO Releases July 2021 Budget and Economic Outlook

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released its updated Budget and Economic Outlook, accounting for enactment of the American...

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