Labor Day US Budget Deficit Estimated at $1.32 Trillion Dollars

Office of Management and Budget Report for 2011

By Children’s Home Society of Florida Foundation

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On September 1st, 2011, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released an updated estimate of the budget deficit. OMB Director Jacob Lew indicated that the deficit projections are now reduced.

OMB Projections

The February projection by OMB had been a deficit of $1.65 trillion for the current fiscal year. The new deficit number for fiscal year 2011 is $1.32 trillion. The larger number would be 10.9% of the economy. The reduced deficit number is still approximately 8.8% of the gross domestic product.

Lew gives credit to the Budget Control Act of 2011, signed by President Obama on August 2nd. Under the provisions of that act, there are substantial spending reductions.

Budget Committee Pleased

Senate Budget Committee Chair Kent Conrad (D-ND) was pleased with the lower budget numbers, but indicated there still is a long road to recovery. Referring to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, he stated, “It is my hope the committee exceeds its $1.5 trillion target. It is also critical that the special committee considers measures to address the near-turn struggling economy.”

Assessment

In his address on September 8th 2011, President Obama is expected to discuss both the Joint Select Committee and long-term budget goals.

The OMB report also estimated the total debt by the end of 2011. The federal debt is a combination of debt held by the public and various government trust funds. The debt held by the public at the end of 2011 is estimated to be $10.26 trillion or 72% of the economy.

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