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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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Aug 8, 2020 | Other Spending

How Much Would President Trump's Executive Orders Cost?

President Trump signed four memos and executive orders this afternoon ...
Aug 7, 2020 | Other Spending

Comparing the Heroes and HEALS Acts

As lawmakers formulate the next round of fiscal relief to fight the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis, two pieces of legislation have...
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Aug 6, 2020 | Other Spending

How Much Have States Spent from the Coronavirus Relief Fund?

The Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES)...
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Jul 31, 2020 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2021

Congress began preliminary appropriations work for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 in March and started marking up individual appropriations bills in...
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Jul 30, 2020 | Economics

Did GDP Fall by One-Third?

In their reporting on the Bureau of Economic Analysis's (BEA) second quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ...
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Jul 30, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Dave McCurdy: Horn leading the way on fixing nation's budget

Dave McCurdy is a former Democratic member of Congress representing Oklahoma’s 4th District and member of the Committee for a Responsible...
Jul 29, 2020 | Other Spending

What's in the $1.1 Trillion HEALS Act?

The Senate recently introduced the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act designed to further address the...
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Jul 28, 2020 | Budget Process

Explaining the TRUST Act: Just the FAQs

As the COVID-19 recession continues, Congress is debating additional fiscal support, economic...
Jul 28, 2020 | Other Spending

Maya MacGuineas Testifies at Senate COVID-19 Fiscal Oversight Hearing

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas testfied on July 28 before the Senate Homeland Security and...
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Jul 24, 2020 | Budget Process

Correcting the Record on the TRUST Act

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) yesterday...
Jul 24, 2020 | Other Spending

Marjorie Margolies: Treat pandemic but don’t forget debt

Marjorie Margolies is president of Women’s Campaign International and a member of the board of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget...
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Major Trust Funds Headed for Insolvency Within 11 Years

A number of important federal programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, are financed through dedicated revenue sources and...
Jul 20, 2020 | Economics

Income Has Risen Through the COVID Recession But That May Soon Change

Despite the sharpest economic contraction is modern history, personal income has actually grown since the COVID-19 crisis started through...
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Jul 17, 2020 | Budget Process

Citizens Against Government Waste’s 2020 Pig Book Highlights Appropriations Abuses

Last week, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released their 2020 Congressional Pig...
Jul 15, 2020 | Economics

How Big Should the Next COVID Package Be?

With over $2 trillion of fiscal support now out the door, Congress is considering additional legislation to help stabilize the economy, support the...
Jul 14, 2020 | Other Spending

Maya MacGuineas Joins C-SPAN to Discuss Tax Policy and Coronavirus Relief

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas recently appeared on C-SPAN's...
Jul 14, 2020 | Other Spending

Marc Goldwein: A Way Forward on Unemployment Benefits

Marc Goldwein is senior vice president and senior policy director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He ...
Jul 10, 2020 | Other Spending

A July Update on the Paycheck Protection Program

The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration (SBA) this week released...
Jul 10, 2020 | Other Spending

Options for a Responsible Defense Budget

Congress is considering the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this month. The Senate Armed Services Committee...
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Jul 7, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Dunking on the Debt

Concern about the national debt came from an unexpected corner when Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie announced that he would bring...

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