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Blog | March 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.
Mar 31, 2014 | Health Care

SGR Continues to Slow Health Care Cost Growth

The Senate voted 64-35 today to approve a 12-month temporary “doc fix” to push back the impending nearly 25 percent cut to Medicare physician...
Mar 31, 2014 | Taxes

Camp Makes More Fiscally Responsible Choices

In a letter to the Ways & Means Committee, CRFB President Maya MacGuineas states that Chairman Dave Camp's tax reform draft made...
Mar 31, 2014 | Taxes

Bonus Depreciation Has Cost $220 Billion Since 2008

Last week, we made the case that an expired provision known as bonus depreciation be treated separately from the other tax extenders, both because it...
Mar 28, 2014 | Other Spending

Pentagon White Paper Looks at Reforms to Military Retirement

A recent Department of Defense white paper takes a close look at what reforms to the military retirement system might look like, even though the...
Mar 28, 2014 | Taxes

Sen. Murray Introduces Tax Cut Bill

Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced legislation yesterday to cut taxes for low- and middle-income workers in a few different...
Mar 27, 2014 | Health Care

Gimmick in Doc Fix Patch Should Be Replaced with Real Savings

Congress is considering another 12-month doc fix, averting a 24 percent cut in Medicare physician payments scheduled for April 1. While the SGR...
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Mar 26, 2014 | Health Care

One-Year Doc Fix Emerges

(Updated to incorporate new information from the Congressional Budget Office's score of the doc fix bill) In lieu of a permanent agreement and...
Mar 26, 2014 | Taxes

The Tax Break-Down: Tax Extenders

This is the sixteenth post in our blog series, The Tax Break-Down, which analyzes and review tax breaks under discussion as part of tax reform....
Mar 25, 2014 | Budgets & Projections

House Hearing on 'Why Debt Matters'

The House Financial Services Committee held a hearing this morning on "Why Debt Matters," which included testimony by Honeywell CEO Dave...
Mar 25, 2014 | Health Care

Administration Softens Sequester Impact on Health Reform Again

A new rule proposed by the administration's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would effectively eliminate the sequester for another...