The United States faces daunting economic and budgetary challenges. The economy has struggled to recover from the recent recession, which was triggered by a large decline in house prices and a financial crisisaevents unlike anything this country has seen since the Great Depression. During the recovery, the pace of growth in the nation's output has been anemic compared with that during most other recoveries since World War II, and the unemployment rate has remained quite high. For the federal government, the sharply lower revenues and elevated spending deriving from the financial turmoil and severe drop in economic activityacombined with the costs of various policies implemented in response to those conditions and an imbalance between revenues and spending that predated the recessionahave caused budget deficits to surge in the past two years. The deficits of $1.4 trillion in 2009 and $1.3 trillion in 2010 are, when measured as a share of gross domestic product (GDP), the largest since 1945arepresenting 10.0 percent and 8.9 percent of the nation's output, respectively. For 2011, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that if current laws remain unchanged, the federal budget will show a deficit of close to $1.5 trillion, or 9.8 percent of GDP. The deficits in CBO's baseline projections drop markedly over the next few years as a share of output and average 3.1 percent of GDP from 2014 to 2021. Those projections, however, are based on the assumption that tax and spending policies unfold as specified in current law. Consequently, they understate the budget deficits that would occur if many policies currently in place were continued, rather than allowed to expire as scheduled under current law.benefits for the long-term unemployed (people without a job for more than 26 consecutive weeks) will be in place all year ... CBO projects that the maximum benefit for SNAP will drop to $617 for the remainder of fiscal year 2014 and then beanbsp;...
|Title||:||Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2010-2021|
|Author||:||Congressional Budget Office|
|Publisher||:||Government Printing Office - 2011-02|