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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.

Senate Introduces New Health Care Bill


Updated Health Care Charts

UPDATE: SEE THE MARCH UPDATE HERE.CRFB has updated its health care chart, detailing the ten-year costs and savings from the most recent...
Nov 18, 2009 | Health Care| Taxes

Taxing Health Care Decisions

Information about the Senate health care bill is trickling in -- word is that coverage provisions will cost $849 billion over ten years and the bill...
Nov 18, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

Will TARP be Renewed?

UPDATE: Treasury Secretary Geithner testified on Nov.

$98 Billion Wasted

Government agencies misspent over $98 billion last year, $26 billion more than was wasted the previous year, the
Nov 18, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

Debt Hits $12 Trillion

This week, the gross national debt hit a record $12.031 trillion. Gross debt is a broad measure which includes both debt held by the public (...
Nov 17, 2009 | Economics

GM Outlook Improves Despite Q3 Losses

Early this week, General Motors stated that while it is still experiencing losses, it has stabilized itself enough so that the company can begin re
Nov 17, 2009

Several Executives Predict Third Stimulus

Several executives from General Electric and Bank of America Merrill Lynch said early this week in a

CMS Analyzes House Health Care Bill

On Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a 
Nov 16, 2009 | Budget Process| Taxes

Weekend Editorial Roundup

Here are the highlights from this weekend’s editorials on fiscal and budget policy:
Nov 16, 2009

Three More FDIC Bank Closings

On Friday evening, the FDIC reported that it has taken over an additional three banks (Pacific Coast National Bank, Orion Bank, Century Bank) for a...

Freezing Discretionary Spending...

UPDATE: Stan Collender thinks we might be making ice mountains out of snow hills.According to a number of news reports, President Obama has begun...
Nov 13, 2009

FDIC to Collect Three Years of Premiums in Advance

The FDIC has just adopted a rule to require banks to pay at the end of 2009 the amount they would owe the FDIC for insurance premiums over the next
Nov 12, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

Administration Claims Extra TARP Cash Is Deficit Reduction

This morning, a Wall Street Journal article
Nov 12, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

Monthly Treasury Statement Shows $1.417 trillion Final Deficit Number for FY 2009

The Monthly Treasury Statement is out, and states that Fiscal Year 2010 is o
Nov 11, 2009 | Economics

High Unemployment Numbers Displayed in Interactive Graphics

Last Friday, we blogged on new information from the
Nov 11, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

Gaps Return to State Budgets

In a recent report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), mid-year budget sh

Stop Us Before We Spend Again

President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Maya MacGuineas, testified before the Senate Budget Committee on proposals to form a...
Nov 10, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

Treasury Ends Capital Assistance Program

Yesterday, the Treasury announced that the Capital Assistance Program