The US is facing a return to years of trillion-dollar annual budget deficits from 2020 onwards as the tax cuts pushed by President Donald Trump and Republicans and higher public spending strain America's finances - at a time when the nine year economic recovery is starting to show signs of ageing.
Nevertheless, the tax and spending laws that are projected to increase the deficit and debt also are responsible for faster economic growth than CBO estimated previous year.
The last CBO report issued during the Obama administration said that after a $587-billion deficit in 2016, the shortfall was expected to break the $1-trillion mark in 2023, rising to $1.4 trillion in 2027.
Former Fed Chair Janet Yellen, along with four other former chairs of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, write in today's Washington Post that the USA deficit will be rising in the coming years primarily because of the tax cuts passed last year, not because spending, especially for entitlements, has increased. Two-thirds of the House and the Senate have to approve any changes to the Constitution, which then need to be ratified by three-fourths of the states.
At 11 years, the report covers a slightly longer time period than the usual 10-year projections, but even accounting for just the first decade, the figure remains around $1.9 trillion. Beginning in 2020, however, the CBO said deficits would exceed $1 trillion a year.
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"The CBO's latest report exposes the scam behind the rosy rhetoric from Republicans that their tax bill would pay for itself", said top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer of NY. This became law only weeks following the tax cut went to effect.
The White House is also likely to propose rolling back some of the spending increases in the government-wide funding bill, targeting domestic programs backed by Democrats, but the idea isn't gaining much traction on Capitol Hill. Deficits can snowball, as larger deficits require larger interest payments, pushing the government to borrow more and more money to close the gap.
"It's going nowhere", said Sen. Growth in actual GDP outpaces growth in potential (that is, maximum sustainable) GDP both this year and next, pushing the unemployment rate down.
"Most of this growth is driven by consumer spending and business investment, but federal spending also contributes a significant amount this year", Hall said. The CBO forecasts the growth rate will rise to 3.3 percent this year and drop to 2.4 percent in 2019.