NEW YORK — Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, issued the following statement in advance of tonight’s State of the Union address:
“By any measure, the state of the Union’s fiscal outlook is unsustainable, and getting worse. Our national debt is more than $23 trillion and this year’s budget deficit will reach $1 trillion. We already spend a staggering $1 billion every day just on interest, and it will double in 10 years.
“Tonight is a valuable opportunity for the president to talk to the nation about a better path forward. America faces many pressing challenges, including healthcare access, climate change, economic inequality, and unpredictable national security threats. Managing our debt and putting our nation on a more secure fiscal path will help America meet these challenges, build a strong economic future and ensure our leading role in the world.”
According to the baseline projections in the Budget and Economic Outlook released last week by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO):
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