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Blog | January 2014

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, 2014 | Health Care

Three Senate Republicans Propose to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Tom Coburn (R-OK) recently released a legislative proposal that would repeal and replace the...
Jan 31, 2014

Marcus: Silence on Fiscal Issues in SOTU is Regrettable

In an op-ed in the Washington Post, columnist Ruth Marcus laments the lack of discussion of fiscal issues in President Obama's State of the Union...
Jan 30, 2014

Line Items: State of Flux Edition

Making a Statement – President Obama gave the State of the Union address on Tuesday. While he presented an optimistic message of action to...
Jan 30, 2014 | Budget Process

No Games With the Debt Limit

When Congress ended the government shutdown last October, they also suspended the debt ceiling through February 7th, which is now only a week away....
Jan 30, 2014 | Taxes| Other Spending

The Budgetary Effect of the State of the Union

While the President's 2014 State of the Union address largely eschewed talking about fiscal policy directly, it did touch on a number of proposals...
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Jan 29, 2014 | Budgets & Projections

Has the Deficit Been Cut in Half?

Last night, President Obama gave his State of the Union address to Congress, which mentioned fiscal policy on a several occasions. As one of the...
Jan 29, 2014

State of the Union: What We Heard

Yesterday, President Obama addressed the nation in his sixth State of the Union address. Unsurprisingly, the main focus of his speech was not on our...
Jan 29, 2014 | Other Spending

Pension Gimmick Rises Again

In yesterday's State of the Union address, the President called for extending unemployment benefits that expired in December, which would affect...
Jan 29, 2014 | Other Spending

Conference Agreement on Farm Bill Emerges

The threat of the "dairy cliff" is receding. On Monday, lawmakers in the farm bill conference committee emerged with an agreement that would save $17...
Jan 28, 2014

CRFB Tweets and Fact Checks the State of the Union

Tonight at 8:00 PM, President Obama will address Congress and the nation in the State of the Union address. As he lays out his agenda for the next...