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Blog | December 2013

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.
Dec 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

We have an end-of-year tradition here at CRFB to take a look back at the prior year. In 2013, we wrote roughly 45 policy papers, budget updates, and...
Dec 24, 2013

Happy Holidays

Best wishes to all our readers. We look forward to bringing you coverage and analysis of important fiscal policy issues throughout next year....
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Dec 20, 2013 | Social Security

Setting the Record Straight on Social Security

Recently, many policymakers and commentators have called for expanding Social Security benefits rather than slowing the program’s costs, suggesting...
Dec 20, 2013

Line Items: Wrapping Up Edition

That’s a Wrap – The House wrapped up its work for 2013 last week, passing the budget agreement worked out by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and...
Dec 19, 2013 | Taxes

An Irresponsible "Tax Extender" Package

Senate Democratic leadership is reportedly considering a last minute effort to extend 55 expiring tax provisions for another year, including a large...
Dec 19, 2013 | Health Care

The Sequester’s Impact on Health Reform

The Murray-Ryan budget deal would mitigate some of the 2014 and 2015 sequester, but it actually still leaves the sequester’s cuts to mandatory...
Dec 18, 2013

The FOMC Tapers, But That's Not All!

In a move that has been discussed and anticipated for months, the Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee announced that it would slightly...

CBO 95 Percent Confident Social Security Trust Fund Runs Out in 25 Years

CBO's Long-Term Budget Outlook contains significant amounts of helpful data on Social Security. However, a lot of the data focus on just the outlays...
Dec 17, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

The Final Four Is Here...For the SAVE Award

While the Final Four for the NCAA tournament is still almost four months away, another Final Four is taking place right now. Although it won't...
Dec 17, 2013

Coburn Publishes Wastebook 2013

For years, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) resisted the temptation to talk in broad generalities about "wasteful government spending" and has...