Deficit on Track to Hit $1T by Next Year: CBO

Deficit could permanently breach $1T mark by 2020
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 9, 2018 2:32 PM CDT
Tax Cuts, Spending to Push Deficit to $1T by Next Year: CBO
Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The combined effects of President Trump's tax cuts and last month's budget-busting spending bill is sending the government's budget deficit toward the $1 trillion mark next year, according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO report says that that the twin tax and spending bills will push the budget deficit to $804 billion this year and just under $1 trillion for the upcoming budget year, the AP reports. CBO says economic growth from the tax cuts will add 0.7% on average to the nation's economic output over the coming decade. Those effects will only partially offset the deficit cost of the tax cuts. The administration had promised the cuts would pay for themselves. The economic growth promises to drop the nationwide unemployment rate below 4%, CBO predicts

The report paints an unrelentingly bleak picture of federal deficits, which would permanently breach the $1 trillion mark in 2020 unless Congress stems the burst of red ink. The government would borrow about 19 cents of every dollar it spend this year. Deficits would grow to $1.5 trillion by 2028—and could exceed $2 trillion if the tax cuts are fully extended and if Washington doesn't cut spending. Republicans controlling Washington have largely lost interest in taking on the deficit, and the issue has fallen in prominence in recent years. Many economists believe that if deficits continue to rise and the national debt grows, government borrowing will "crowd out" private lending and force up interest rates. And if interest rates go up, the government would have to pay much more to finance the more than $14 trillion in Treasury debt held by investors.

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