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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.

Oct 6, 2009

Urban Institute Panelists Examine Exploding Debt

The Urban Institute hosted an event today on The Financial and Economic Consequen
Oct 6, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

Memo for FY2011 Budget Preparation: Positive Effects from Preannouncing Deficit Reduction

Faced with massive debt burdens coming out of the economic and financial crisis – even before the retirement and health care tsunami hits &nd
Oct 6, 2009 | Taxes

The U.S. Taxpayer and the IMF

For the U.S. taxpayer, last weekend’s International Monetary Fund (IMF) meetings in Turkey were a reminder of the importance of global...
Oct 5, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

TARP -- One Year Later

Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), established as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization A
Oct 5, 2009

Three More FDIC Bank Closings

On Friday evening, the FDIC reported that it has taken over an additional three banks (

Weekend Editorial Roundup

This weekend, there have been a number of editorials about fiscal and budget policy. Among them:
Oct 2, 2009 | Economics

September Unemployment Rate and Uncertain Outlook

To those watching the economy as it enters into positive territory and the financial markets as they seemed to be getting into
Oct 2, 2009

This Week's Finance Committee Markup

 The Senate Finance Committee wrapped up work today on the markup of their Health Care Reform legislation, America’s Healthy Future Act.

Social Security Beneficiaries Rise by 19%

According to Bloomberg News, the number of Social Security beneficia
Oct 1, 2009

FDIC Proposes Banks Prepay Insurance Premiums

This week, the FDIC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) to require insured banks to
Oct 1, 2009 | Taxes

Simplifying the Tax Code

Yesterday, the tax subgroup of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB) met to discuss ideas for simplifying the tax code as part...
Sep 30, 2009

Progressives and the National Debt

Today, the Center for American Progress and the Center on Budget and
Sep 30, 2009

Fiscal Year 2010 is Upon Us

Today marks the end of fiscal year 2009 (FY 2009), and to celebrate the occasion, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has put together a...
Sep 30, 2009

Highlights from Bill Frenzel's Brookings Web Chat

CRFB co-chair and former congressman Bill Frenzel answered questions on the U.S.
Sep 29, 2009 | Economics

G-20 Summit's Fiscal and Financial News

It would be easy to dismiss the recent G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh as just more political babble, more empty business as usual just among more countr
Sep 29, 2009 | Social Security

Economic Crisis Puts Strain on Social Security

As the Associated Press recently reported, Social Security has come under considerable strain as a result of the economic crisis. Payroll tax...
Sep 29, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

CRFB Co-Chair Bill Frenzel to Speak at Brookings

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget co-chair Bill Frenzel is speaking about the budget deficit at The Brookings Institution
tomorrow. Frenzel...
Sep 29, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

CRFB Co-Chair Bill Frenzel to Host Online Chat

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget co-chair Bill Frenzel will host an online chat conversation, 
tomorrow, run by the Brookings Institution....
Sep 28, 2009 | Health Care

US Budget Watch Releases Paper Comparing Health Care Reform Plans

Today, US Budget Watch released a new paper,
Sep 28, 2009

Moody's Still Cautionary on U.S. Debt

Fears over any near-term U.S. inflationary pressures may have eased for the moment.