Independent Analysis: Trump Budget Plan Would Not Cut Deficit
Friday, 14 July 2017 11:27 WIB | GLOBAL |Global
U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed spending plan over the next decade would not come close to balancing the national government's budget as it had promised, an independent analysis said Thursday.
The Congressional Budget Office said the proposed White House budget would result in a $720 billion deficit at the end of 10 years, not a small surplus as it had estimated.
The CBO said Trump's decade-long spending plan would trim the current nearly $20 trillion national debt by $3.3 trillion, not the $5.6 trillion the White House projected.
"The reduction in deficits and debt under the president™s budget would be achieved by decreasing both mandatory and discretionary spending significantly compared with projections under current law," the CBO said.
"In particular, federal spending for health care would be much lower ... as would outlays for war-related programs and for many nondefense purposes," the CBO said.
The independent agency, whose financial estimates often shape lawmakers' policy decisions in the U.S., said, "The deficits that CBO estimates would occur under the president™s proposals are larger than those estimated by the [Trump] administration. Nearly all of that difference arises because the administration projects higher revenue collections ” stemming mainly from a projection of faster economic growth."
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