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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.
Mar 22, 2021 | Health Care

Ten Options to Secure the Medicare Trust Fund

The Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI), or Part A, trust fund is expected to be only five years from insolvency and faces a $515 billion net funding...
Mar 18, 2021

Medicare Sequester Suspension Should Not Continue without Offsets

The March 2020 CARES Act and December 2020 Response and Relief Act temporarily suspended the 2 percent Medicare sequester, which has been in effect...
Mar 11, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

New Budget Projections Show Record Deficits and Debt

Now that the American Rescue Plan Act has been signed into law, the federal deficit is on course to exceed $3 trillion this year, with debt reaching...
Mar 10, 2021 | Other Spending

Understanding the $1 Trillion in Unspent COVID Relief Funding

The Senate-passed American Rescue Plan will deliver nearly $2 trillion of additional COVID relief on top of the $4 trillion already authorized. Yet,...
Mar 10, 2021 | Other Spending

Marc Goldwein: The Prescription: Fiscal Policy for the COVID-19 Economy

Marc Goldwein is senior vice president and senior policy director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently...
Mar 5, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

American Rescue Plan Could Set Stage for $4 Trillion of Debt

The American Rescue Plan Act is estimated to cost over $1.9 trillion through 2031, but the ultimate price tag could be twice as high if some of the...
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Mar 3, 2021 | Other Spending

New Report Shows Troubling Outcomes for Short-Term-Education Programs

Yesterday, New America published a new report by Monique O. Ositelu measuring employment outcomes of students who obtained short-term-education ...
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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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