Federal debt is already at its highest level since 1950 and is projected to climb to an all-time high.
As lawmakers look pursue a range of policy priorities, there are a number of fiscal concerns on the calendar over the coming months.
Voters are more likely this month to say the country is currently on the wrong track in addressing our fiscal challenges.
Trump outlined some broad strokes of his budget proposal on February 27, but lawmakers and voters are anxious to see where the administration stands on a number of key budgetary issues.
As President Trump prepares to address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday evening, voters are calling for more focus on the national debt, according to the February Fiscal Confidence Index.
Driven by a change in sentiment of Republican voters, Americans overall are now more evenly split on whether the country is on the right direction or wrong track on addressing the debt.
With a new Congress and president in place, a number of important fiscal and economic policy issues have come to the forefront in January.
As a new president and Congress get to work on their policy priorities for 2017, there is one issue that affects all others: the nation’s unsustainable long-term fiscal outlook.
“The federal government’s fiscal path is unsustainable," warns the Government Accountability Office.
Our most popular charts from 2016 illustrate the nation's fiscal challenges in areas like defense spending, healthcare, and tax reform.