CBO Report Finds Obama Budget Will Result In Larger Deficits Than Claimed
by Andrew Taylor
WASHINGTON (AP) — A report released Thursday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says President Barack Obama's budget request would mean significantly larger budget deficits than the White House claims.
CBO says the budget plan proposed last month by Obama would produce deficits of $6.6 trillion over the next 10 years — $1.6 trillion more than the White House estimates.
CBO also says Obama's budget contains $1.4 trillion in tax increase over a decade, much more than claimed by the White House. A $456 billion chunk of that comes from higher revenues because of an influx of workers through immigration reform. CBO also notes that Obama's budget contains $193 billion over a decade in new tax credits for the working poor that officially are counted as spending because they're issued as refunds.
Obama's budget claims to reduce cumulative deficits by $2.2 trillion over 10 years, predicting they would drop from $7.1 to $4.9 trillion.
CBO's estimate says Obama's budget, if enacted in its entirety, would only cut deficits by about $1 trillion over that period when compared with current law.