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Blog | December 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.
Dec 21, 2009

The Debt Doesn't Take a Vacation, But We Do

As a heads up to all of The Bottom Line's loyal readers, we wanted to let you know that we will be taking a break from blogging over the holidays....

Senate Health Care Bill Released (And a Comparison Chart)

UPDATE: CBO mistakenly overestimated the deficit-reducing effect of the Medicare Commission in their score. As a result, they now estimate...

Thanks, Stan

In a blog post earlier this week, Stan Collender presented a laundry list of suggestions about how deficit hawks can be more effective. As a proud...

What Happened to the President's Spending Cuts?

Yesterday, on the heels of President Obama signing a $1.1 trillion "minibus" CRFB released a paper on the importance of controlling...
Dec 18, 2009

Our New Year's Wish: Political Will

Congress will leave town for the holidays without completing some serious fiscal business, but with a full agenda for next year. The House and Senate...
Dec 17, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

Fiscal Commission Gains Momentum

The chance that some type of bipartisan commission will be created to address the nation’s long-term fiscal challenges increased significantly...
Dec 17, 2009

U.S. Debt: Not Bound by our Borders

With U.S. debt held by the public on track to exceed 100% of the economy in a little over a decade, policymakers must come together now and implement...

Update on House Activities: Debt Ceiling, CR, and Defense Bill

The House has been extremely busy today, not only passing a $154 billion jobs bill but also passing a temporary continuing resolution, the defense...
Dec 16, 2009

House Passes $154 Billion Jobs Package

This afternoon, the House passed a $154 billion economic aid package. Below we have listed the major spending areas within the bill:Spending...
Dec 16, 2009

Penny and MacGuineas in the Press

Tim Penny, co-chair of the Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform, was interviewed today for an hour on his home state public radio station. Saying...

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