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Blog | March 2015

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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Budget Rules! Process in the House and Senate Budgets

Now that the Senate and House have passed their respective budget resolutions, a budget conference committee is right around the corner. One aspect...
Mar 27, 2015 | Health Care

The Path to $165 Billion of Savings

We have spent much space on this blog highlighting the fact that temporary delays of the cuts dictated by Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (...
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Mar 27, 2015 | Social Security

Delaney and Cole Introduce Social Security Commission Bill

The bipartisan duo of Reps. John Delaney (D-MD) and Tom Cole (R-OK) have reprised a bill from last year to create a Social Security Commission. The...
Mar 26, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

Warner Amendment Would Restore Program Integrity Funding

The Senate is undergoing vote-a-rama, an annual event where the Senate considers hundreds of amendments before voting on the budget resolution. Of...

Senate Amendment Would Take Further Step Back on War Spending

A big discussion has ensued in both the House and Senate about defense spending, and for the FY 2016 budget, that has meant how much to increase...
Mar 26, 2015 | Health Care

No, the SGR Replacement Bill is Not Fiscally Responsible

Despite official estimates tabbing the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula replacement bill at a cost of $141 billion this decade and...
Mar 26, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

Progressive Caucus Releases Alternative Budget

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) threw their hat into the budget ring last week with the release of their “People’s Budget...

Ways & Means Committee Adds $270 Billion to Deficits by Repealing Estate Tax

The House Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday approved the “Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015,” which would permanently repeal the estate...
Mar 26, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

Debt and Deficits Under the FY 2016 Budgets

With budget consideration underway this week, the House has passed its own resolution and rejected several proposed alternatives, while the ...
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SGR Bill Would Add $500 Billion to Long-Term Debt

Earlier today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its score of the Medicare Sustaintable Growth Rate (SGR) reform bill under...

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