Trump Budget Would Cut Deficit But Wouldn't Balance, CBO Says

Trump's Budget Doesn't Balance Federal Ledger CBO

A new analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office didn't exactly come to that conclusion.

The CBO estimated that Trump's budget would cause the federal budget deficit to shrink relative to the size of the economy over the next 10 years, ranging between 2.6 percent to 3.3 percent of gross domestic product during that period.

Trump's $4.1 trillion budget, sent to Congress in May, proposed to balance the budget by 2027. But in other cases when proposals lacked specificity, including a plan to save $139 billion by reducing improper government payments and $35 billion by easing financial regulations, the CBO and JCT didn't count the potential savings in their estimates.

"Nearly all of that (deficit) difference arises because the administration projects higher revenue projections - stemming mainly from a projection of faster economic growth", CBO said.

The annual budget deficit in 2027 would be about $720 billion under Trump's proposal, the CBO said in a report, not eliminated as promised by the White House, which has projected a $16 billion surplus.

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The CBO said did not take into account all of Trump's proposals that may affect the economy because "the details on numerous proposed policies are not available at this time".

"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. Its projections included a $2 trillion math error, claiming the amount would be spent twice on balancing the budget and tax cuts.

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