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Blog | November 2009

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.
Nov 22, 2009 | Health Care

Senate Votes to Begin Health Care Debate

Yesterday, the Senate voted 60-39 to begin debating their health care reform bill (all 60 votes were needed for debate to continue).  CRFB has...

Reports Roundup

A number of very interesting and relevant government reports have come out this week. Check them out:GAO: Recovery Act: Recipient Reported Jobs Data...
Nov 20, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

The True Costs of Health Reform

UPDATE: CBO has modified its cost estimate for the House bill to save $138 billion over ten years, instead of $109 billion. This change is due...

Blue Dog Coalition Endorses SAFE Commission Act

The Democratic Blue Dog Coalition, a group comprised of fiscally conservative members of the House, officially endorsed the Securing America’s...

Senate Introduces New Health Care Bill

UPDATE: CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR LATEST CHARTS AND GRAPHS COMPARING THE DECEMBER 19TH MANAGER'S AMENDMENT TO THE HOUSE BILL.Yesterday Majority Leader...

Updated Health Care Charts

UPDATE: SEE THE MARCH UPDATE HERE.CRFB has updated its health care chart, detailing the ten-year costs and savings from the most recent...
Nov 18, 2009 | Health Care| Taxes

Taxing Health Care Decisions

Information about the Senate health care bill is trickling in -- word is that coverage provisions will cost $849 billion over ten years and the bill...
Nov 18, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

Senate Health Care Bill to Cost $849 Billion

Breaking news: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is finally in the midst of unveiling the health care reform plan that will be brought to the...
Nov 18, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

Will TARP be Renewed?

UPDATE: Treasury Secretary Geithner testified on Nov. 19 before the Joint Economic Committee, stating that "we are winding [TARP] down and will...

$98 Billion Wasted

Government agencies misspent over $98 billion last year, $26 billion more than was wasted the previous year, the Associated Press reports. The White...

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