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Blog | February 2019

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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Feb 27, 2019 | Health Care

How Much Will Medicare for All Cost?

Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), a co-chair of the Medicare for All Caucus, released a bill today that would adopt a single-payer system, where...
Feb 27, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Tax Cut and Spending Bill Could Cost $5.5 Trillion Through 2029

The 2017 tax cut and the 2018 spending bill loom large in the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) outlook; the two pieces of legislation as...
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Feb 27, 2019 | Budget Process

Upcoming Congressional Fiscal Policy Deadlines

Updated 2/27/2019: Congress passed full appropriations for the remaining seven appropriations bills for the rest of fiscal year 2019, and the...
Feb 26, 2019 | Social Security

SSDI Solutions Initiative Releases Paper on Developing Demonstrations Based on Lessons Learned

The McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative yesterday released the first of a series of papers on how to improve policies for people with...
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Feb 21, 2019 | Economics

Maya MacGuineas: The Rise of Free Lunch Economics & the Growth of Our National Debt

Maya MacGuineas is president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently wrote an ...
Feb 19, 2019 | Taxes

Tyler Evilsizer: Putting the Trump Tax Cuts Will Pay For Themselves Myth To Bed

Tyler Evilsizer is deputy policy director at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote an opinion piece for...
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Feb 15, 2019 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2019

Last Updated 2/15/2019  Congress passed full appropriations for the remaining seven appropriations bills for the rest of fiscal year 2019, and...
Feb 13, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

As Debt Rises, Interest Costs Could Top $1 Trillion

The fastest growing item in the budget over the next decade will be interest on the debt, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). In...
Feb 7, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

These 3 Parts of the Budget Explain 87% of Spending Growth

The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) latest baseline shows that deficits and debt are rising unsustainably, driven by the failure of revenue...
Feb 5, 2019

Play Debt-O During State of the Union 2019!

President Donald Trump will give his second State of the Union address tonight at 9 p.m. ET. CRFB will be live tweeting the speech, providing...