The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2012 to 2022
CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE (U S CONGRESS) WASHINGTON DC
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The federal budget deficit although starting to shrink remains very large by historical standards. How much and how quickly the deficit declines will depend in part on how well the economy does over the next few years. Probably more critical, though, will be the fiscal policy choices made by lawmakers as they face the substantial changes to tax and spending policies that are slated to take effect within the next year under current law. The pace of the economic recovery has been slow since the recession ended in June 2009, and the Congressional Budget Office CBO expects that, under current laws governing taxes and spending, the economy will continue to grow at a sluggish pace over the next two years. That pace of growth partly reflects the dampening effect on economic activity from the higher tax rates and curbs on spending scheduled to occur this year and especially next. Although CBO projects that growth will pick up after 2013, the agency expects that the economys output will remain below its potential until 2018 and that the unemployment rate will remain above 7 percent until 2015.
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