Federal deficit jumps 20 percent after tax cuts, spending bill

Federal deficit jumps 20 percent after tax cuts, spending bill

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federal deficit jumped 20 percent in the first 10 months of the 2018 
fiscal year, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported Wednesday, 
August 8.

Spending outpaced revenue between the 
beginning of the fiscal year, on Oct. 1, and July by $682 billion, $116 
billion more than over the same period in the last fiscal year.

The rising deficit is largely the result
 of the tax cuts President Trump signed into law at the end of last 
year, as well as a bipartisan agreement to boost spending, according to 

Tax revenues from individuals rose, even as revenues from corporate taxes dropped.

The Trump administration
 has argued that the tax cuts would bring down the deficit, as economic 
growth led to higher tax revenue. The economy did expand in the second 
quarter by 4.1 percent.

But economists have argued the growth would have to be much larger to reduce the deficit.

The CBO projects that the deficit will 
reach $793 billion by the end of the year and approach $1 trillion next 
year. White House estimates have the deficit surpassing $1 trillion in 


Budget watchers have warned that 
interest payments — the amount the Treasury has to pay just to service 
the debt — are slated to become the fastest-growing annual expenditure.

The CBO projects that in 30 years, the government will spend more on servicing debt than on Social Security or defense.


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