REPORT: CBO Adjusts 2018 Fiscal Year Budget Deficit to $895 Billion, Driven By Trump Tax Cuts

A new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office indicates that the federal deficit has increased to $895 billion 11 months into the 2018 fiscal year (which ends on September 30), a $222 billion increase over the deficit this time last year.

According to Think Progress, that puts us on track to hit $1 trillion by the end of the fiscal year, two years earlier than expected.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the nonpartisan CBO said the growth was largely due to the Republican tax law that took effect this year, as well as to general spending increases. This fiscal year, outlays grew by seven percent, while revenue only grew by one.

Fiscal watchdog Stan Collender elaborated on this:

You’ve got a kind of perfect storm here. You’ve got more spending. You’ve got less revenue. And the deficit is just getting bigger and bigger, to the point where it will be at least a trillion dollars every year during the Trump administration and beyond.”

It didn’t take the CBO’s confirmation to know that the ballooning was due to Republican economic policies pushed by President Donald Trump.

Sadly, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Numerous economists saw this coming.

The Republican tax law slashed corporate tax rates by thirty percent, as well as giving the top one percent of earners 83 percent of the tax cuts in the bill.

Now, Republicans are gearing up for another round.

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