Many Americans, young and old, may be confused by the complex set of issues that comprise how the government raises revenues and allocates them.
As the largest program in the federal budget, Social Security is a critical part of our nation’s fiscal picture and vital to millions of elderly recipients.
When the US government reaches its debt ceiling, the Treasury can use a variety of accounting maneuvers, known as “extraordinary measures” to keep the federal government from defaulting on its debts.
Here are six key takeaways from CBO’s latest Long-Term Budget Outlook projections.
When the debt limit is close to being breached, or when a suspension of the ceiling is nearing, lawmakers would have to act to avoid serious economic and budgetary consequences.
For 2023, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated in May that the federal budget deficit will total $1.5 trillion.
According to CBO, provisions in the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 will result in a $1.5 trillion decrease to the deficit over the next 10 years.
The primary deficit focuses on the difference between government revenues and spending, excluding interest payments. Learn more about the U.S. primary deficit.
The country’s fiscal trajectory got notably worse over the past year.
Let’s look at the trends in discretionary spending, and how effective they are in reducing the debt.