FISCAL BLOG

The words debt and deficit come up frequently in debates about the policy decisions that lawmakers face. The two concepts are similar, but are often confused.

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The primary deficit focuses on the difference between government revenues and spending, excluding interest payments. Learn more about the U.S. primary deficit.

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Programs that millions of Americans depend on and care about may be feeling a squeeze from interest costs on our high and rising national debt.

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The most recent projections from CBO confirm once again that America’s fiscal outlook is on an unsustainable path — increasingly driven by higher interest costs.

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CBO’s report is the latest warning sign about the dire fiscal outlook.

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Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, speaking in an interview, said that now is the time to start addressing our $34 trillion and rising national debt.

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Significant majorities of voters across party lines agree that a commission would strengthen Social Security, lower borrowing costs, and improve our economic outlook.

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Federal programs that invest in children are not only critical to the health and well-being of the youngest Americans, but they can also provide long-term benefits to the nation’s economy.

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The Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act is estimated to cost about $400 million over 10 years.

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One of the most fundamental responsibilities of the federal government is to set and pass a budget every year, allocating funding towards the nation’s needs and priorities.

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Expert Views: Fiscal Commission

We asked experts with diverse views from across the political spectrum to share their perspectives.

National Debt Clock

See the latest numbers and learn more about the causes of our high and rising debt.