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Blog | July 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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Jul 31, 2015 | Social Security

Trustee Blahous Says Time is Running Out to Fix Social Security

Charles Blahous, one of the public trustees for Medicare and Social Security, has released a Guide to the 2015 Social Security Trustees Report. The...
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Jul 31, 2015 | Health Care

Key Takeaways from the New Health Care Spending Outlook

The Office of the Actuary (OACT) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its latest National Health Expenditure (...
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Jul 31, 2015 | Economics

Charlie Stenholm: A simple pledge to tackle our exploding debt

Charlie Stenholm is a former member of Congress from Texas and is a member of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He wrote a commentary...
Jul 31, 2015 | Health Care

Loren Adler: Medicare at Middle Age

Loren Adler, Research Director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, wrote a guest post that appeared on the RealClearPolicy blog. It...
Jul 30, 2015 | Other Spending

Taking a Closer Look at the Senate's Highway Bill

We commended the Senate last week for seeking a long-term solution to the highway funding shortfall and for funding its proposal with real offsets....
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Jul 29, 2015

CRFB Announces New Co-Chairs

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has named three of the nation's foremost budget experts as its new co-chairs: Mitch Daniels, Leon...

Public Trustees Highlight the Need for Prompt Reform

Last week, the Social Security and Medicare Trustees released their annual reports on the long-term finances of each program, showing that those...
Jul 29, 2015 | Health Care| Other Spending

Unpaid-For Veterans Provisions Piggyback on Transportation Bill

Before Congress leaves for August, they must pass a transportation bill extending highway programs and transferring additional money into the Highway...
Jul 28, 2015 | Social Security

Washington Post on SSDI: An Opportunity for Bipartisan Compromise

The Washington Post yesterday issued Congress "a wise prescription for Social Security Disability Insurance," urging lawmakers to use the...
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Jul 28, 2015 | Social Security

Delaying Social Security Changes Ties Policymakers' Hands

Our analysis of the 2015 Social Security Trustees' report noted that "As time goes on, it will be more difficult to secure the Social...