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Blog | May 2018

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.
May 24, 2018 | Budget Process

WATCH: Maya MacGuineas Testifies Before Budget Process Committee

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas testified before the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process...
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May 18, 2018 | Budgets & Projections

Congress Has Never Failed to Propose a Budget

There has never been a year where at least one of the two congressional Budget Committees have not proposed a budget. Since the modern budget...
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May 17, 2018 | Budgets & Projections

Paul & Sanford Introduce Penny Plans

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Representative Mark Sanford (R-SC) have introduced “penny plans” that would balance the budget within a decade through a...
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May 16, 2018 | Other Spending

VA Health Bill Should Be Offset

The House will vote this week on a bill that would temporarily extend then replace the Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans facing...
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May 15, 2018 | Health Care

Does the Rescissions Bill Undermine Children's Health Care?

Many have criticized President Trump's $15 billion rescission package for cutting the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). For instance, a...
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It Would Take Nearly Unprecedented Economic Growth to Balance the Budget

Increased economic growth has often been cited as a solution to our fiscal problems or as a way to offset deficit-increasing legislation....
May 10, 2018 | Other Spending

Explaining the House Farm Bill

The 2014 farm bill expires on September 30, which means policymakers have less than five months to pass a new one. The House Agriculture Committee...
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May 9, 2018 | Other Spending

What's in the President's Rescission Request?

Update: CBO released an estimate of the effect of the CHIP rescission on outlays and coverage. CBO estimates that the proposed rescission would not...
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May 8, 2018 | Budget Process

A Conversation with CBO Director Keith Hall

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and our partners at the Campaign to Fix the Debt hosted a conference call conversation with Dr. Keith...
May 7, 2018 | Other Spending

Multiemployer Pensions: The Next Source of Budget-Busting Legislation?

The newly-created Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Plans is tasked with crafting legislation to improve the finances of the nation...

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