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Blog | February 2017

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 28, 2017 | Other Spending

Is Trump Proposing One of the Largest Defense Increases in History?

In his joint address to Congress, President Trump said, "I am sending the Congress a budget that rebuilds the military, eliminates the defense...
Feb 28, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Join CRFB as We Live Tweet the President's Address to Congress

President Trump will give his first address before a joint session of Congress tonight at 9 PM Eastern time. CRFB will be live tweeting the speech,...
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Feb 22, 2017 | Health Care| Taxes

Options to Replace the ACA Cadillac Tax

As policymakers debate repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare"), disagreement remains over how to address the ACA's "...
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Feb 17, 2017 | Health Care

The House GOP's Plan for Obamacare Replacement

During a press conference on Thursday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) previewed the House GOP plan that would repeal and replace substantial...
Feb 16, 2017

Daniels: National Debt is the Biggest Transcendent Issue We Face

CRFB Co-chair Mitch Daniels spoke with Bloomberg's David Westin on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas" today. He said that...
Feb 10, 2017 | Budget Process

Renacci, Kilmer, and Bipartisan Working Group Propose Bill Highlighting the “Fiscal State of the Nation”

Hoping to inspire a fiscal “wake-up call” in the new session of Congress, Representatives Jim Renacci (R-OH), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), and 40...
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Feb 9, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Three Trust Funds Face Insolvency in the Next Eight Years

We have made clear that President Trump faces a challenging fiscal situation now that he has entered office. As we laid out, part of that situation...
Feb 6, 2017 | Budget Process

Congressman Renacci Introduces “Budget Enforcement Awareness Resolution”

Last month, Representative Jim Renacci (R-OH) introduced the “Budget Enforcement Awareness Resolution” in order to “restore...
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Feb 3, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

What's Needed to Balance the Budget and Meet Other Fiscal Goals

With debt projected to rise from 77 percent of GDP today to 89 percent by the end of the decade, our latest estimates find that fixing the debt is...
Feb 1, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

How Alternative Policies Could Push Debt Higher

The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) Budget and Economic Outlook shows debt rising from its current level of 77 percent of Gross Domestic...