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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 29, 2021 | Other Spending

What's in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act?

UPDATE 8/5: We have published a new summary of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act based on a recently published score from the...
Jul 28, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

Trust Fund Solutions Would Be Pro-Growth

In our recent paper “The Case for Trust Fund Solutions,” we showed that making the Social Security, Medicare, and highway trust funds solvent would...
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Jul 26, 2021 | Health Care

Two Ways to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs

High and rising prescription drug costs are contributing to the budgetary pressure faced by the federal government. Also, a significant...
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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...
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 | 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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