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Blog | January 2017

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.
Jan 31, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

The 30-Year Outlook Also Looks Gloomy

In addition to the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) ten-year budget outlook, the agency also releases 30-year projections for spending,...
Jan 30, 2017 | Other Spending

The Wall Should Be Paid For

Congress is expecting a request from the Trump Administration for $12 to $15 billion in supplemental appropriations to fund the construction of a...
Judd Gregg
Jan 30, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Judd Gregg: The Way Ahead on Tax, Debt and Healthcare

Judd Gregg a former Republican senator from New Hampshire, served as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee from 2005 to 2007 and ranking...
Jan 25, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Mandatory Spending Continues to Drive Spending Growth

The deficit will rise dramatically over the next decade, from about $560 billion at the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 to over $1.4 trillion at the end...
Jan 24, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

CBO's Budget Projections Show Unsustainable Fiscal Situation

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released their baseline projections, showing high and rising debt and widening deficits in the coming...
Jan 19, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas and Stuart Butler Publish Joint Paper Over Long-Term Budgeting

CRFB president Maya MacGuineas and Brookings Institution senior fellow Stuart Butler published a paper last week outlining a plan to create a long-...
Jan 18, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas on C-SPAN’s “Q&A”

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, recently appeared on C-SPAN’s “Q&A” and discussed a variety of...
Dave Walker
Jan 18, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Dave Walker: Washington’s chance to reform the status quo

David Walker is a former Comptroller General of the United States (head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office) and is a member of the...
Jan 12, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Budget Will Be Difficult to Balance Without ACA Savings

For the past three years, Republicans have proposed budgets with a goal of achieving balance within the next decade. However, that goal will be much...
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Jan 11, 2017 | Health Care

Amendments to the Senate Budget Resolution Regarding the ACA Would Promote Fiscal Responsibility

Last week, the Senate began consideration of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget resolution, which is primarily being used to create a legislative...