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Blog | August 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.
Aug 14, 2017 | Social Security

Social Security's 82nd Birthday

Today, the Social Security program turns 82 years old. Social Security helps millions of Americans, and the program has a lot to celebrate. But the...
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Aug 10, 2017 | Health Care

Problem Solvers Caucus Finds Bipartisan Compromise on Health Care

The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus last week released a plan to stabilize the individual insurance market and make other changes to health care...
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Aug 10, 2017 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2018

Appropriations season has heated up. Despite only the House Budget Committee approving a budget resolution, both chambers of Congress are...
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Aug 10, 2017 | Budget Process

House and Senate Move Forward on FY 2018 Appropriations

The appropriations season is moving forward before Congress has passed a budget. Below, we explain how that can happen. Typically, Congress is...
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Aug 9, 2017 | Budget Process

Maya MacGuineas: Take It from a Fiscal Hawk: Raise the Debt Ceiling

Maya MacGuineas is president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently...
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Aug 1, 2017 | Taxes

Maya MacGuineas: 31 Years Later, Tax System Stuck in the 'Danger Zone'

Maya MacGuineas is president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently...
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Aug 1, 2017 | Health Care

CBO: Drug Importation Saves $1 Billion Per Year

A recently overlooked part of the health reform debate has been how to control rising costs. One way to do so would be to lower the price of...