Things are hot and heavy in Washington in the middle of summer with lots of action on issues affecting the budget and debt. The forecast calls for deficits and debt to rise considerably but the outlook for producing next year’s budget remains unclear. Here’s your fix for the latest developments on the federal budget and national debt.
The official budget watchdog of Congress issued its latest budget and economic forecast on Thursday, showing deficits and debt growing even higher than previously expected. It also repeated a now familiar warning that high and rising debt will negatively impact the economy, the country, and each of us.
The new budget numbers predict that the federal budget deficit will hit the $1 trillion mark by 2023 -- a year earlier than expected last year. National debt held by the public will grow from 77 percent today to 89 percent in 2027 -- that is more than twice the 50-year debt average of less than 40 percent.
The latest official budget numbers make two things abundantly clear: the era of declining deficits is over and the long-term national debt is unsustainable.
When it comes to the deficit, budget watchdogs are saying of the current trajectory, “what goes down must come up.”
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