The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is revising its projections for this year’s US budget deficit, saying it will be significantly higher than previous estimates.
In a new report, the agency says it now projects government expenditures will outpace revenues to the tune of $1.7 trillion in 2023.
“On the basis of its estimate of the deficit through July and preliminary estimates of revenues and outlays in August and September, CBO now expects that the total deficit for 2023 will be $1.7 trillion, or about $200 billion larger than the estimate it published in May.”
The figure represents a 13% jump from the CBO’s projections from four months ago.
After 2023, the CBO predicts that the country’s budget deficit will range between $1.6 trillion and $1.8