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Blog | November 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.
Nov 25, 2014 | Taxes

Budget Busting Deal on Tax Provisions

Congressional negotiators are reportedly nearing a deal to address the year-end tax extenders while adding $500 billion to the debt. By reinstating,...
Nov 25, 2014 | Social Security

Finding a Social Security Solution We Can All Agree On

In October, the National Academy for Social Insurance published a study on Americans' preferred solution to making Social Security solvent. CRFB...
Nov 24, 2014 | Taxes

House Bill Would Double the Cost of the Research Credit

Recent press articles report that policymakers are negotiating a deal to accompany a temporary restoration of most of the 55 expired tax extenders...

Measuring Inflation Right Saves $375 Billion

According to the latest CBO Budget Options report, adopting the chained CPI – an inflation index that most economists believe is a more...
Nov 21, 2014 | Budgets & Projections

CBO Releases 2014 Budget Options

With the national debt at record highs and projected to increase, lawmakers need to find ways to reduce the long-term budget deficit. Fortunately,...
Nov 21, 2014 | Health Care

Alice Rivlin: People who wanted market-driven health care now have it in the Affordable Care Act

Alice Rivlin is a former Director of the Congressional Budget Office and Office of Management and Budget. She has served as a member of the National...
Nov 20, 2014 | Other Spending

Another Lame Duck Decision Point: Military Personnel Spending

CQ is reporting (subscription required) that the main obstacle to the defense appropriations authorization, which must be addressed during the lame...

The Worst Lame Duck Ideas That Can Add $1.5 Trillion to the Debt

Policymakers are considering using the lame duck session to substantially worsen the nation's budget. A commonly discussed package would add...
Nov 19, 2014 | Health Care| Taxes

CRFB's Plan to Offset Upcoming Policies

Congress and the President need to prep for some important upcoming fiscal moments, and CRFB has a plan to help them do just that. The Paying for...
Nov 18, 2014 | Health Care

New CBO Estimates Set the Stage for "Doc Fix" Discussions

Following a final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), CBO has updated its estimate of various "doc fix"...

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