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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.
Oct 25, 2021 | Taxes

SALT Cap Repeal Does Not Belong in Build Back Better

Press reports suggest lawmakers are considering adding a two-year repeal of the cap on the deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) to their...
Oct 22, 2021 | Other Spending

House Child Care Plan Cost Could Double If Made Permanent

As lawmakers discuss making numerous parts of the Build Back Better plan expire early, at least one part of the House bill — the expanded child...
Oct 22, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

Treasury: 2021 Deficit Was $2.8 Trillion

The Treasury Department released its final Monthly Treasury Statement for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, showing a $2.8 trillion deficit for the year and...
Oct 22, 2021 | Health Care

House ACA Plan Will Cost Almost $600 Billion and Cover 4 Million People, CBO Finds

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week released estimates for the health care coverage provisions in the House reconciliation bill. CBO...
Oct 21, 2021 | Other Spending

BBB Expirations Could Hide $1 to $2 Trillion of True Costs

As negotiations over President Biden’s Build Back Better reconciliation package continue, lawmakers are reportedly considering an extension of the...
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Oct 19, 2021 | Budget Process

Upcoming Congressional Fiscal Policy Deadlines

Updated 10/19/2021: The House passed a short-term, $480 billion debt limit extension, expected to last until early December, on Tuesday,...
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Oct 18, 2021 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2022

Updated 10/18/21: The Senate released its remaining appropriations bills on Monday, Oct. 18, setting the stage for negotiations with the House on an...
Oct 15, 2021 | Taxes

Former IRS Commissioner Urges Congress to Expand Information Banks Report to the IRS

Former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti, who served under Presidents Clinton and Bush, recently published an op-ed in...
Oct 5, 2021 | Taxes

Event Recap: Tax Policy in the Build Back Better Act

On September 29, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget hosted “Tax Policy in the Build Back Better Act.” The event featured a panel of...
Oct 1, 2021 | Health Care

Health Savings Can Help Pay for Reconciliation

Policymakers are continuing to negotiate the "Build Back Better Act" reconciliation package and the overall size and scope...