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NEW YORK — Michael A. Peterson, Chairman and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, commented today on the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the President’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget:
“Today’s report provides further evidence that we remain on an unsustainable fiscal path that will damage our economy, and we are lacking leadership to put us on a better course.
“CBO finds that the President’s proposals would make no significant improvement to our fiscal situation and rely heavily on unlikely spending cuts. Under the President’s priorities, interest would remain the fastest growing budget category, and our national debt would continue its upward trajectory.
“We’re clearly heading in the wrong direction, and it’s unfortunate that our leaders are not putting forward credible plans to improve our fiscal foundation. Policymakers should make sure that the country leaves opportunities – not insurmountable debt – for the next generation of Americans.”
In its new analysis, the CBO reports that if the President’s budget were adopted: