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Blog | June 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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Jun 30, 2015 | Other Spending

Senate Budget Committee Reports Crime Victims Fund Legislation

Last week, the Senate Budget Committee passed a bill to limit the use of the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) as a back-door method to increase...
Jun 30, 2015 | Other Spending

One Month to Go for Highway Funding

In a newly released ticker, the Department of Transportation has shown that there is one month left for lawmakers to decide on funding for the...
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Jun 30, 2015 | Health Care| Other Spending

Defunding Health Care Innovation Jeopardizes the Budget

In a move that could stall promising health care delivery system reforms and drive up entitlement spending, the House Appropriations Committee last...
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Jun 29, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

How Uncertain Are CBO's Long-Term Projections?

Any budget projections, including CBO's long-term outlook, are inherently uncertain, and it is important to understand how projections might...
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CBO's Outlook for Long-Term Health Care Spending

Health care spending is arguably the most important part of CBO's long-term outlook, being a key driver of our nation's growing debt over the...
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Jun 26, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

Samuelson to Lawmakers: Spread the Pain

As Washington digests this year’s CBO Long Term-Budget Outlook, Robert J. Samuelson of The Washington Post offered up his criticism of the...
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Jun 25, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

Waiting To Reduce Debt Makes It More Difficult

In their recently released long-term outlook, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) laid out multiple scenarios for addressing our unsustainable long...
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Jun 25, 2015 | Budget Process

8 Great Ways To Grapple With Gimmicks

In recent years, lawmakers have frequently used budget gimmicks to get around rules designed to maintain budgetary discipline -- if they pay...
Economics Issue Area
Jun 24, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

Senate Budget Committee Hearing on CBO Long-Term Fiscal Outlook

Last week, CBO Director Keith Hall testified before the Senate Budget Committee on the release of CBO’s Long-Term Budget Outlook. Senators...
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ACA Repeal Could Add $5 Trillion to the Debt Within 20 Years

Much of the focus on the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) score for repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) naturally has focused on the ten-...