Peterson Statement on CBO 10-Year Budget and Economic Outlook

Feb 11, 2021

NEW YORK — Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, commented today on the release of the Congressional Budget Office’s updated 10-year Budget and Economic Outlook:

“This new report provides the latest evidence that our nation’s fiscal condition has worsened significantly since the pandemic began, and will need to be addressed once we’re through the COVID crisis.

“We continue to face very serious public health and economic challenges, and defeating the virus and helping our nation through this devastating period is our nation’s top priority. Lawmakers should continue to pursue effective stimulus and relief programs that are targeted to the needs of the moment, but CBO’s report also makes clear that we will need to return attention to our fiscal outlook once the crisis has passed.

“The pandemic has rapidly accelerated our fiscal challenges, but we must remember that America was already on a fiscally irresponsible path, with permanent, trillion-dollar deficits into the future. The structural drivers of our rising debt existed before COVID, and will remain once COVID is gone.

“If we can tackle a global pandemic, surely we can figure out a way to make the basic budget decisions that are necessary for a more secure and prepared America. Addressing our nation’s unsustainable fiscal outlook will help ensure a stronger and more resilient economy, and help build a brighter future for the next generation.”

# # #

What Does the Debt Mean for Our Future?

We all have a responsibility to build a brighter fiscal and economic future for the next generation.

National Debt Clock

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