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The Director Of The CBO Will Brief Congress On One Of The Greatest Threats To America; Our National Debt

At the invitation of Speaker McCarthy and Minority Leader Jeffries, the Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will brief Congress this afternoon on one of the most significant threats facing America, our national debt. 
A recent CBO report highlighting the devastating national debt crisis burdening Americans thanks to reckless government spending found that the net interest of our national debt will amount to a $10.5 trillion burden for taxpayers over the next decade. For comparison, the net interest cost over the previous ten years was $3.05 trillion. Total net interest spending since 1940 was only $9.4 trillion.
This CBO briefing comes the day before President Biden is set to release his Fiscal Year 2023 Budget.
MAKE NO MISTAKE: House Republicans are committed to finding a sensible, reasonable, and responsible to this crisis and getting our country's finances in order so that the promise of the American dream stays intact for the current and future generations. 

FISCAL STATE OF THE UNION: CBO’S GRIM OUTLOOK (Courtesy of House Budget Committee Republicans): 
CBO Outlook on Debt & Deficits:
Our government continues to spend more than we make, leaving Americans to stare down an unsustainable federal deficit. As a result, the national debt is rising to a number without precedent in American history.

  • CBO projects debt will reach $154 trillion by 2053, equivalent to more than $1 million per American household ($540,000 after adjusting for inflation). This is more than four times current median household net worth ($122,000).
  • The debt increase in CBO’s 30-year extended baseline would require an average yearly debt ceiling increase of $4 trillion.
  • Deficits average $2 trillion, or 6.1 percent of GDP, over the next ten years. The federal government ran a lower deficit (as a portion of the economy) every year between 1946 and 2009.
  • CBO projects the federal deficit to exceed 5 percent of GDP every year between 2020 and 2053. In American history, there have never been more than five successive years of deficits this high (World War II, 1942-46).
  • CBO projects the slowest population growth in American history through 2053, less than 4 percent per decade—half the growth of the previous low (the 1930s) and in 2042, CBO projects deaths will exceed births in America. This growing population but slowing funding shows that we cannot support insolvent programs.

CBO Outlook on Revenue and Spending:
Our nation’s revenue has had a substantial increase, but unfortunately, under the current Administration our spending has eclipsed the amount of money that we are bringing in. This irresponsible budgeting has led to our egregious debt.

  • Since the 2017 tax law, revenue has increased by $1.6 trillion or 48 percent.
  • By 2033, CBO projects revenue to be $3.8 trillion, or 114 percent, higher than pre-TCJA levels.
  • Over the next three decades, CBO projects revenue to average 18.4 percent of GDP, a percentage point higher than the 50-year average (17.4 percent).
  • CBO projects spending to reach 25.3 percent of GDP by 2033—a level previously only reached during World War II (1943-45) and in response to COVID (2020-21). 
  • This year, net interest spending is projected to be $288 billion, or 81 percent, higher than 2021.
  • Over the budget window, net interest spending triples from $475 billion to $1.4 trillion.
  • Net interest spending is projected to grow from 8 percent of the federal budget today, to 14 percent in 2033, to 24 percent in 2053. 
  • In total, net interest will amount to an eye-popping $10.5 trillion over the next decade.
  • Biden’s inflationary economic policies have increased CBO’s projection of interest payments on the debt by $3.6 trillionover ten years.
  • Legislation enacted since Biden took office has increased spending projections by $6 trillion over ten years.
  • Biden executive actions have increased spending by more than $1 trillion over ten years.
  • Mandatory spending grows from 72 percent of the federal budget today, to 76 percent in 2033, to 81 percent in 2053.