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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.

Jan 29, 2021 | Other Spending

Mitch Daniels: We were right to worry about the nation’s fiscal future

Mitch Daniels, co-chair of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, recently wrote an...
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Jan 29, 2021 | Other Spending

Biden Campaign Plan Offers Menu of Offsets

With Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, President Joe Biden has taken office with a real opportunity to advance new spending...
Jan 28, 2021 | Economics

What Do Today's GDP Numbers Tell Us About the Output Gap?

The Bureau of Economic Analysis today released its advanced estimates...
Jan 27, 2021 | Other Spending

What’s New in COVID Money Tracker?

This week we updated COVID Money Tracker with all of the major provisions from the $915 billion...
Jan 27, 2021 | Other Spending

How Much COVID Relief Money Is Left?

Note: Data updates on February 3, 2021 reduce the difference between legislative amount allowed and committed/disbursed from $1.3 trillion to...
Jan 15, 2021 | Budget Process

Blue Dog Coalition Argues Against Misuse of New PAYGO Exemptions

The House of Representatives began the 117th Congress with a new rules package – ...
Jan 14, 2021 | Other Spending

Biden to Unveil $1.9 Trillion COVID Response Plan

Note: We have published an ...
Jan 13, 2021 | Other Spending

Maya MacGuineas Joins CNN Business to Discuss COVID Relief and Deficits

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget President Maya MacGuineas recently appeared on CNN business to discuss why some level of deficit...
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Jan 12, 2021 | Budget Process

Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress Extended

The House voted last week on a rules package that extended the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (SCMC) through the...
Jan 11, 2021 | Taxes| Economics

Debt Cancellation and SALT Cap Repeal Would Benefit Higher Earners

In her recent Washington Post column, Catherine Rampell argues progressives should “be more progressive in an old-fashioned sense: by helping...
Jan 8, 2021 | Other Spending

Four-Fifths of Stimulus Checks Have Been Sent

In the first three days of distributing the second round of stimulus checks approved by Congress in the...
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Jan 8, 2021 | Economics

What's in the December Jobs Report

The Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning released its monthly jobs report which...
Jan 7, 2021 | Other Spending| Economics

Breaking Down $3.4 Trillion in COVID Relief

With the passage of the Response & Relief Act, Congress has now allocated nearly $4 trillion of COVID relief at a net cost of over $3.4...
Jan 5, 2021 | Economics

Maya MacGuineas Joins Fox Business to Fiscal Policy After Georgia Senate Runoffs

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget President Maya MacGuineas recently appeared on Fox Business to discuss what the political and economic...
Jan 5, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

2021 Deficit On Course to Hit $2.3 Trillion

In light of the enactment of the year-end spending and COVID relief deal, we estimate the deficit will total $2.3 trillion for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021...
Jan 4, 2021 | Other Spending

Maya MacGuineas Joins CNN to Discuss Healing Political Divisions

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget President Maya MacGuineas recently appeared on CNN to discuss how President-Elect Joe Biden can...
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Dec 31, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Our Top 20 Charts of 2020

2020 was a busy year for fiscal policy, which gave us ample opportunities to conduct substantive policy analyses using charts and tables. This...
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Dec 30, 2020 | Other Spending

Would $2,000 Stimulus Checks Go to Six-Figure Households?

The House approved the CASH Act Monday to increase recently enacted stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000 per person. Some of those...
Dec 28, 2020 | Other Spending

How Much Would $2,000 Checks Cost?

With the enactment of the Response & Relief Act yesterday, policymakers in both parties have called for expanding recovery rebates from $600...
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Dec 28, 2020 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2021

Updated 12/28/2020: The House passed a combined omnibus appropriations bill and COVID-19 relief package on Monday, Dec. 21 by votes of 327 to 85 and...

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