Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

U.S. annual budget deficit to surpass 1 trln United States dollars by 2020

Trump tax cuts forecast to send US deficit to $1 trillion in 2020 CBO Predicts Persistently Large US Federal Deficit in Next Decade
Ray Hunter | 12 April, 2018, 00:44

A new analysis says President Donald Trump's tax cuts and last month's big spending bill will send the federal deficit toward $1 trillion. The increase stems primarily from tax and spending legislation enacted since then-especially Public Law 115-97 (originally called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and called the 2017 tax act in this report), the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-123), and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (P.L. 115-141). The $804 million is well above the $665 million shortfall the government ran up past year.

The US hasn't run deficits exceeding a trillion dollars since 2012.

The CBO upwardly revised its cumulative deficit forecast over the next decade by $1.6 trillion, to $11.7 trillion.

Budget forecast in Millions. The agency says economic growth from the cuts is likely to only partially offset the deficit cost. It won't be until between 2023 and 2028, that the budget will stabilize in relation to the size of the economy, although it will be higher.

The CBO's report has been revised to incorporate the effects of a new $1.3 trillion government spending bill and the $1.5 trillion in Republican-led tax cuts approved a year ago.

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The report comes as a hit to Republicans campaigning on tax cuts in the 2018 midterm elections, and a boon to Democrats looking to point out the hypocrisy of Republicans who once complained about President Barack Obama's spending and claimed to be deficit hawks. The CBO's outlook shows the fiscal stimulus will sharply lift growth this year, before the expansion loses momentum as the Federal Reserve lifts interest rates.

The report paints an unrelentingly bleak picture of federal deficits, which would permanently breach $1tn in 2020 without action by Congress.

"Such high and rising debt would have serious negative consequences for the budget and the nation", said Hall.

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. But it is expected to fail.

"From day one, the Republican agenda has always been to balloon the deficit in order to dole out massive tax breaks to the largest corporations and wealthiest Americans, and then use the deficit as an excuse to cut Social Security and Medicare", said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. But unless spending does slow down, and not next year or next month, but right now, government borrowing will "crowd out" private lending and force up interest rates. A bigger share of the annual government budgets - now about US$ 4 trillion - would have to be devoted to paying interest charges on the growing debt and could also lead to higher interest charges for USA businesses and consumers.

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