US Budget Deficit Headed To Over $1 Trillion By 2020

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According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the U.S. will return to trillion-dollar annual budget deficits from 2020 onwards as the tax cuts pushed by Trump and Republicans, and higher public spending, strain America's finances.

America's deficit is rising sharply and will surpass $1 trillion per year by 2020, a gap that has grown since Congress cut taxes and increased spending, the Congressional Budget Office reported Monday.

The new report predicts the economy will grow by 3.3 percent this year but that gross domestic product growth will drop to 1.8 percent by 2020.

"The CBO's report exposes the staggering costs of the GOP tax scam and Republicans' contempt for fiscal responsibility", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, said in a statement Monday. In a decade, the red ink is expected to reach $1.5 trillion. "Analysts have said for years that a debt problem was looming on the horizon", said Shai Akabas, economic policy director at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

"We expect interest rates to accelerate faster", said CBO's Hall. The CBO projects that by 2028 federal interest costs would exceed $900 billion, almost triple what they are this year in nominal terms, and roughly double as a percentage of GDP. Market Watch notes that the USA hasn't run deficits exceeding a trillion dollars since 2012.

Net outlays for interest paid on federal debt are projected to roughly triple what they are this year in nominal terms and roughly double as a percentage of GDP, according to the CBO. No serious effort was made to offset the lost revenue and spending increases.

Turning to the budget projections, we estimate that the 2018 deficit will total $804 billion, $139 billion more than the $665 billion shortfall recorded in 2017.

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The agency notes that its projections, especially those for economic growth, however, are "more uncertain than usual this year because they incorporate estimates of the economic effects of the recent changes in fiscal policy", which are themselves uncertain.

It could also, however, force deep cuts to Social Security, Medicare and the other big entitlement spending programs that are driving the long-term budget imbalance. Spending over the period is expected to be 22.4 percent of GDP, unchanged from previous year.

To assuage conservative anger over the spending bill, House Republicans plan to hold a vote this week on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Because the CBO can only make projections based on current law, its outlook will include the phase-out of some tax cuts in the middle of the next decade.

The two-year budget deal passed by Congress this year will increase GDP by 0.3 percent this year and 0.6 percent in 2019.

"This high and rising debt matters because it harms our economy, by crowding out public and private investment, reducing our fiscal flexibility, and lowering confidence and certainty".

"The sun rises in the east, and tax cuts result in less revenues".

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