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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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Feb 26, 2021 | Budget Process

Upcoming Congressional Fiscal Policy Deadlines

Updated 2/26/2021: In late December, lawmakers enacted a combined omnibus appropriations bill and COVID-19 relief package. In addition to...
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Feb 25, 2021 | Budget Process

Bill Hoagland: Reconciliation, corrupted by Congress: May it R.I.P.

G. William Hoagland is senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center and a member of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He...
Feb 25, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

Economic Recovery is Behind Stable Near-Term Debt

While the Congressional Budget Office's latest budget outlook shows debt being larger than the size of the economy for the foreseeable...
Feb 24, 2021 | Other Spending

Four Key Elements of the American Rescue Plan

In light of the ongoing pandemic and economic crisis, there has been strong interest in pursuing further spending to expand vaccinations, contain the...
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Feb 23, 2021 | Health Care

Three Ways to Lower Health Care Costs

There is broad agreement on the need to address high and rising health care costs and a growing consensus on potential sources of savings. At the...
Feb 22, 2021 | Other Spending

Five Ways to Improve the House COVID Relief Package

Recently, we put forward our principles for responsible COVID relief. The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan currently under consideration in...
Feb 18, 2021

Remembering Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson

On Monday, February 15, Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson passed away after a two-year battle against pancreatic cancer. Along...
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Feb 18, 2021 | Other Spending

What's in the $1.9 Trillion House COVID Relief Bill?

The House of Representives is currently in the process of considering the next COVID relief bill. Nine of the 12 House committees have approved...
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Pell Program Faces Funding Cliff in 2026

The Congressional Budget Office projects the Pell program will deplete its reserve fund by 2026 and face cumulative deficits of $18 billion by 2031,...
Feb 17, 2021 | Other Spending

State and Local Governments Do Not Need Half a Trillion in COVID Relief

The American Rescue Plan currently making its way through Congress contains over $500 billion of aid to state and local governments.  A ...

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