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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.

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Oct 26, 2009 | Health Care| Taxes

Understanding the Health Insurance Excise Tax

The health care reform bill recently passed by the Senate Finance Committee relies on a $200 billion health insurance tax to help fund the costs of...
Oct 26, 2009 | Taxes

Weekend Editorial Roundup

Here are the highlights from this weekend’s editorials on fiscal and budget policy:...
Oct 26, 2009 | Economics

Over 100 Banks Closed in 2009

On Friday evening, the FDIC reported that it has taken over an additional seven banks (First DuPage Bank, Riverview Community Bank, Bank of Elmwood,...
Oct 23, 2009

More About Those Stimulus Ideas...

Update: Yesterday evening, Senators voted 87-13 to cut off debate to the unemployment insurance bill, which...
Oct 22, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

A New TARP Program for Community Banks

The Administration has just...

President Signs $121 Billion Farm Bill

Yesterday, President Obama signed the...
Oct 22, 2009 | Health Care

Update on Senate “Doc Fix” Legislation

The Medicare physician payment bill (S 1776) sponsored by Senator Stabenow was...
Oct 21, 2009 | Economics

Beige Book Results

Today, the Fed released its latest Beige Book, with each Fed...
Oct 21, 2009

About Those Additional Stimulus Ideas...

With unemployment still growing, rising from 9.7 percent in August to 9.8 percent this past September, discussions have developed over the...
Oct 20, 2009 | Taxes

Only 30% of 2008 Tax Rebates Spent

Recently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on the results of the Economic Stimulus...
Oct 20, 2009

The Deficit Warnings Keep Coming

 In a speech on global imbalances, Fed Chairman Bernanke again warned about the need to put the U.S. on a sustainable fiscal path, saying:...
Oct 19, 2009 | Budget Process| Health Care

Congress Debates Medicare Payment Patches

Update: Debate on this issue got pushed back until today in the Senate. CRFB recently released this press release on the issue: Don't Let...
Oct 19, 2009 | Economics| Budget Process| Taxes

Weekend Editorial Roundup

Here are the highlights from this weekend’s editorials on fiscal and budget policy:In an editorial titled, “...
Oct 19, 2009

One More FDIC Bank Closing

On Friday evening, the FDIC reported that it has taken over an additional bank (...
Oct 17, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

A Really Big Deficit

The message from the end of the year deficit number is clear: we must start planning...
Oct 16, 2009 | Social Security

Obama Nominates New Social Security Trustees

Today, the White House nominated...
Oct 16, 2009

Say 'Bayh' to the Debt?

This week, Senator Bayh (D-IN) and nine other Democratic senators sent a...

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