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Blog | February 2021

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.
Feb 24, 2021 | Other Spending

Four Core Elements of the American Rescue Plan

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan has been described mainly as an effort to expand vaccinations, contain the pandemic, reopen schools, and...
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Feb 23, 2021 | Health Care

Three Ways to Lower Health Care Costs

There is broad agreement on the need to address high and rising health care costs and a growing consensus on potential sources of savings. At the...
Feb 22, 2021 | Other Spending

Five Ways to Improve the House COVID Relief Package

Recently, we put forward our principles for responsible COVID relief. The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan currently under consideration in...
Feb 18, 2021

Remembering Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson

On Monday, February 15, Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson passed away after a two-year battle against pancreatic cancer. Along...
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Feb 18, 2021 | Other Spending

What's in the $1.9 Trillion House COVID Relief Bill?

The House of Representives is currently in the process of considering the next COVID relief bill. Nine of the 12 House committees have approved...
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Pell Program Faces Funding Cliff in 2026

The Congressional Budget Office projects the Pell program will deplete its reserve fund by 2026 and face cumulative deficits of $18 billion by 2031,...
Feb 17, 2021 | Other Spending

State and Local Governments Do Not Need Half a Trillion in COVID Relief

The American Rescue Plan currently making its way through Congress contains over $500 billion of aid to state and local governments.  A ...
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Feb 17, 2021 | Budget Process

Upcoming Congressional Fiscal Policy Deadlines

Updated 2/17/2021: In late December, lawmakers enacted a combined omnibus appropriations bill and COVID-19 relief package. In addition to...
Feb 16, 2021 | Budgets & Projections

CBO Releases New Long-Term Budget Projections

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a new set of long-term budget projections today, showing that the long-term fiscal...
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Feb 12, 2021 | Budget Process

Case and Womack Reintroduce Sustainable Budget Act

This week, Representatives Ed Case (D-HI) and Steve Womack (R-AR) reintroduced the Sustainable Budget Act. The bill would create a fiscal...

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