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Blog | April 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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Apr 30, 2015 | Other Spending

Van Hollen and Mulvaney Stand Up on OCO

One of the most troubling elements of the budget conference agreement was the use of the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account as a slush...
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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the Budget Conference

With the budget conference complete, it is now up to each chamber of Congress to pass the FY 2016 concurrent budget resolution. We've already written...
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Apr 29, 2015 | Health Care| Taxes

Let the Cadillac Tax Drive...Down Deficits and Health Care Spending

A group of House Democrats introduced a bill yesterday to repeal the tax on high-cost health insurance plans, commonly known as the "Cadillac tax,"...

The Post-SGR Budget Outlook

Lawmakers cleared their second Fiscal Speed Bump of the year - the expiration of the one-year "doc fix" - earlier this month, scuttling the...
Apr 28, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

$180 Billion Added to the Debt This Congress - How Deep Will Congress Dig?

Our partners at Fix the Debt released a graphic yesterday highlighting the fiscal irresponsibility of the 114th Congress in the few months it...

Update: Fiscal Speed Bumps

Congress sped through this year's second and third "Fiscal Speed Bumps" in March, ignoring the return of the statutory debt limit (though the hard...
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Appropriators Jump the Gun and Start the FY 2016 Funding Race

The House Appropriations Committee kicked off appropriations season this week by starting to mark up their Fiscal Year 2016 bills at the same time...
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Apr 23, 2015

Join the CRFB Team!

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is pleased to announce three new job openings. Those who are interested can visit our jobs page for a...
Apr 22, 2015 | Budget Process

How the House Trade Bills Abide by PAYGO

Big economic policy news came last week when lawmakers announced a bipartisan agreement (H.R. 1890) to revive Trade Promotion Authority in order to...
Apr 22, 2015 | Other Spending

Bipartisan Plan Paves Way for Transportation Reform

At the end of May, lawmakers will have to reauthorize surface transportation spending, and by the summer, they will need to have a solution to...