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On March 1, the gross federal debt of the United States surpassed $28,000,000,000,000. Although the debt affects each of us, it may be difficult to put such a large number into perspective and fully understand its implications. The infographic below offers different ways of looking at the debt and its relationship to the economy, the budget and American families.
The $28 trillion gross federal debt includes debt held by the public as well as debt held by federal trust funds and other government accounts. In very basic terms, this can be thought of as debt that the government owes to others plus debt that it owes to itself. America’s high and rising debt matters because it threatens our economic future.
The coronavirus crisis has accelerated an already unsustainable fiscal trajectory, both because of its devastating effect on the economy and the necessary legislative response. When the health crisis is under control, it will be important to understand where our nation stands in its fiscal outlook and work together to implement sustainable solutions that promote economic stability in the years to come.
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