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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 30, 2021 | Budget Process

Fiscal State of the Nation Introduced in the Senate and House

Senators Sinema (D-AZ), Ernst (R-IA), King (I-ME), Kelly (D-AZ), Braun (R-IN), Daines (R-MT), and Rosen (D-NV) introduced the Fiscal State...
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Jul 29, 2021 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2021

Updated 7/29/2021: The House passed an emergency supplemental appropriations measure of $1.9 billion, intended to to address security concerns at the...
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Jul 29, 2021 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2022

Congress started marking up individual appropriations bills for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 in June. Discretionary spending levels are no longer...
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Policymakers Shouldn't Attach More Borrowing to a Debt Ceiling Increase

The debt ceiling, or the statutory limit on the total amount of debt the federal government can accrue, is set to come back on August 1 after...
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Jul 29, 2021 | Other Spending

What's in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act?

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of senators announced they reached a deal on an infrastructure spending package – the Bipartisan...
Jul 28, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

Trust Fund Solutions Would Be Pro-Growth

In our recent paper “The Case for Trust Fund Solutions,” we showed that making the Social Security, Medicare, and highway trust funds solvent would...
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Jul 26, 2021 | Health Care

Two Ways to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs

High and rising prescription drug costs are contributing to the budgetary pressure faced by the federal government. Also, a significant...
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Jul 22, 2021 | Health Care

Can Medicare Advantage Reforms Save the Trust Fund?

  The Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund is only six years from insolvency according to the Congressional Budget Office...
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Jul 22, 2021 | Budget Process

Kent Conrad: Congress should reinstate the 'Conrad Rule' to prevent abuse of budget reconciliation

Kent Conrad is a former senator from North Dakota, a former Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, and a member of the Committee for a Responsible...
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True Cost of Budget Plan Could Exceed $5 Trillion

The Senate may soon move forward on reconciliation instructions to allow for the enactment of $3.5 trillion in new spending and tax breaks (on top of...

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