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Blog | September 2019

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.
Sep 23, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Marjorie Margolies: When will the 2020 presidential candidates be asked about America’s debt?

Marjorie Margolies is president of Women’s Campaign International and a member of the board of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. ...
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Sep 19, 2019 | Budget Process

Upcoming Congressional Fiscal Policy Deadlines

Updated 9/19/2019: Congress enacted legislation in August to address discretionary spending caps, which had impeded work on FY 2020 ...
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Sep 19, 2019 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2020

Updated 9/19/2019: Congress enacted legislation in August to address discretionary spending caps, which had impeded work on FY 2021 appropriations...
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Sep 18, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

We Updated the Debt Fixer and Released Results Showing Americans Can Fix the Debt

We have updated our popular Debt Fixer interactive budget tool, just as Congress faces another deadline to keep the government funded and avoid a...
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Sep 17, 2019 | Other Spending

Elizabeth Warren's Higher Education Plan

This is the first policy explainer in our US Budget Watch 2020 series covering the 2020 presidential election. In the coming weeks and months,...
Sep 16, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Eugene Steuerle: Congress is supposed to decide how the U.S. spends money. Soon, it won’t be able to.

Dr. Eugene (Gene) Steuerle is an Institute fellow and the Richard B. Fisher chair at the Urban Institute and a member of the Committee for a...
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Sep 12, 2019

Factchecking and Live-Tweeting the Democratic Presidential Primary Debates

Tonight's Democratic presidential primary debate marks the third round of debates of the 2020 campaign and will surely touch on fiscal issues....
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Sep 11, 2019 | Taxes

Is Spending, Not Tax Cuts, Driving the Deficit?

The House Ways and Means Committee minority recently published a blog post claiming that "spending, not tax cuts, [is] driving national deficits." It...
Sep 11, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Tim Penny & David Minge: Debating 2020 Democrats should not ignore our exploding debt

Tim Penny is co-chair and David Minge is a board member of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Both are former representatives from the...
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Sep 9, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Debt Could Reach Record Levels by 2030

The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) latest budget projections point to high and rising debt under current law, but the situation is far worse if...

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