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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.
Charles Stenholm
May 28, 2020 | Other Spending

Charlie Stenholm: We will have to face rising national debt

Charlie Stenholm is a senior policy advisor at Olsson Frank Weeda, P.C., and a member of the Committee for a Resonsible Federal Budget. He recently...
May 27, 2020 | Other Spending

Eugene Steuerle: This is not your grandfather's debt problem

Dr. Eugene (Gene) Steuerle is an Institute fellow and the Richard B. Fisher chair at the Urban Institute, as well as a member of the Committee for a...
May 27, 2020 | Other Spending

What's in the $3 Trillion HEROES Act?

Updated on 6/3/2020 to reflect CBO's estimate of the HEROES Act. The House recently approved the HEROES Act designed to further address the...
May 26, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas Joins Fox Business to Discuss Federal Debt Projections

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget President Maya MacGuineas recently appeared on Mornings with Maria on Fox Business. She joined host...
May 21, 2020 | Other Spending

Tim Penny: Pandemic-related federal aid: Make it fast, but also make it prudent

Tim Penny is president & CEO of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and co-chair of the Committee for a Responsible...
May 20, 2020 | Economics

CBO Releases Interim Economic Projections

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released a new set of economic projections for 2020 and 2021 showing a sharp economic contraction during...
May 15, 2020 | Taxes

75% of Economic Impact Payments Have Been Paid So Far

The $1.7 trillion CARES Act included an estimated $293 billion for direct payments to individuals, officially deemed “Economic Impact Payments...
May 15, 2020 | Other Spending

Fed Mortgage-Backed Security Purchases Reached a New Record

The Federal Reserve purchased nearly $180 billion in Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) last week, more than any week in history — including...
Robert Reischauer

Robert Reischauer and Charles Blahous: Letter from Former Trustees of Social Security and Medicare

Robert Reischauer is a former public Trustee of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds, president emeritus of the Urban Institute, and a member...
May 12, 2020 | Other Spending

COVID Response: How Much Money Has Been Made Available So Far?

The fiscal and monetary policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crisis has been both swift and substantial. We have...

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