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Blog | January 2020

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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Jan 31, 2020 | Budget Process

Senator Sinema Introduces Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution

This week, Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), along with Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), and Angus King (I-ME), introduced a...
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Jan 31, 2020 | Other Spending

BPC Releases Recommendations on Reforming Federal Higher Education Support

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Task Force on Higher Education Financing and Student Outcomes recently released a report outlining 45...
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Jan 31, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

GAO: Fiscal Sustainability Is a Growing Concern for Some Key Federal Trust Funds

Last week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the financial health of the nation’s federal trust funds. Requested by...
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Jan 28, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

CBO's Budget Projections Show Deteriorating Fiscal Outlook

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released its latest Budget and Economic Outlook, which shows trillion-dollar deficits returning...
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Jan 22, 2020 | Other Spending

Have We Spent Trillions on Wars?

Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) claimed at the presidential debate last week that the wars in the Middle East "have cost us...
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Bipartisan, Bicameral Group Requests CBO to Include Debt Servicing Impact in Legislative Cost Estimates

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Representatives Ed Case (D-HI) and Michael Cloud (R-TX), in a bipartisan and bicameral group of 68 lawmakers, this week...
Jan 17, 2020 | Economics

Kurt Couchman: When will cheap credit dry up?

Kurt Couchman is co-director of legislative strategy at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote an ...
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Jan 14, 2020 | Other Spending

Joe Biden's Preschool and K-12 Education Plan

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden has proposed his Plan for Educators, Students, and our Future focused on...
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Jan 14, 2020

Watch: Bridging Our Divides: Confronting America’s Threat from Within

FixUS, a project of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, hosted "Bridging Our Divides: Confronting America's Threat from Within," a public...
Donald Trump
Jan 8, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

President Trump has Signed $4.7 Trillion of Debt into Law

Our US Budget Watch 2020 project analyzes, estimates, and explains the fiscal implications of proposals introduced during the presidential campaigns...

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