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Blog | February 2020

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 20, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Debt Will Likely Rise, Not Fall, Under the President's Budget

According to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget would reduce debt from 80 percent of Gross...
Feb 12, 2020 | Other Spending

Bill Advances to Combat Improper Payments

Congress recently passed a bipartisan bill sponsored by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) to improve efforts to identify and reduce improper payments across...
Feb 12, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Spending Has Increased $800 Billion Under President Trump

President Trump's Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget calls for about $3.2 trillion in net deficit reduction over the next decade by our estimate, including...
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Feb 12, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

Interest Costs Will More Than Double Over the Next Decade

The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) latest budget projections show interest on the national debt remains the fastest growing category of the...
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The President's Budget Saves Medicare $600 Billion While Reducing Out-of-Pocket Costs

Last year, numerous politicians and outlets repeated the false and misleading claim that the President’s FY 2020 budget cut Medicare benefits by $845...
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Feb 10, 2020 | Budgets & Projections

An Overview of the President’s FY 2021 Budget

Moments ago, President Trump released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget proposal, outlining his tax and spending proposals and their effects on the...
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Feb 7, 2020 | Budget Process

PAYGO Tracker: FY 2020

The first rule of getting out of a hole is to stop digging it deeper. Yet with deficits projected to exceed $1 trillion this fiscal...

Amy Klobuchar’s Plan to “Govern with Fiscal Responsibility”

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) put forward a Plan for the Future of Work and a Changing Economy in December...
Feb 7, 2020 | Health Care

New Infographics on 2020 Candidates' Health Plans

Our recent report, Primary Care: Estimating Leading Democratic Candidates' Health Plans, provides an in-depth analysis and estimates of the health...
Feb 4, 2020

Play Debt-O During State of the Union 2020!

Tonight, President Donald Trump will give his third State of the Union Address at 9 p.m. EST. During the address, we will be live tweeting, providing...