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Article Response 2 Econ 102 - Deficit Outlook Darkens Stark...

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Deficit Outlook Darkens Stark Warning for 2011 Fuels Battle Over Government Spending and Taxation By DAMIAN PALETTA , JANET HOOK And JONATHAN WEISMAN WASHINGTON—The federal budget deficit will reach a record of nearly $1.5 trillion in 2011 due to the weak economy, higher spending and fresh tax cuts, congressional budget analysts said, in a stark warning that will drive the growing battle over government spending and taxation. Republican Sens. John Cornyn, Orrin Hatch and Kelly Ayotte at a news conference Wednesday on a proposed balanced-budget amendment. At that size, the deficit—up from $1.29 trillion in 2010—would be roughly $60 billion more than the White House projected last summer, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. Last year's tax-cut package alone will add roughly $400 billion to the deficit, the CBO said. As a percentage of the nation's economic output, the 9.8% deficit would be the second-largest since World War II, behind only the 10% level in 2009. The grim outlook landed a day after President Barack Obama outlined plans to push for new spending that he said would help keep the U.S. globally competitive in his State of the Union speech, and the data could complicate that effort. Republicans have dismissed the president's plans as ignoring the more pressing need to reduce the deficit. Wednesday, the battle lines sharpened. "This report is a reflection of the gross mismanagement of our nation's finances," said Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.). "It should make every American think twice about the latest calls by the president to increase spending at a time when Washington can clearly not afford to pay its bills." Democrats argued that the bleak outlook for unemployment justified spending in a still-fragile economy, a line they intend to use to resist the GOP push for cuts. When asked whether current spending levels should be maintained, Sen. Patty Murray (D., Wash.), a member of the Senate Democratic leadership team, said: "We can't have a fire sale." What happens now in Washington on spending plans: Week of Feb. 14: White House Office of Management and Budget releases 2012 budget. Week of Feb. 14: House of Representative begins debating continuing resolution (spending bill). Late February: Government Accountability Office releases report on duplications in government programs. March 4: Existing spending bill expires.
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This note was uploaded on 01/25/2012 for the course ECON 102 taught by Professor Rossana during the Winter '08 term at University of Michigan.

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