CBO Warns U.S. Risks Fiscal Crisis

Significant changes needed in tax and spending policies, agency says.

The U.S. government risks a fiscal crisis unless it makes significant changes in tax and spending policies, the Congressional Budget Office said.

The nonpartisan agency said today that without policy changes, the national debt within 15 years will top the historical peak set after World War II. In 1946, government debt amounted to 109 percent of the economy. This year, it’s projected to reach 70 percent of the gross domestic product, up from 40 percent in 2008, according to CBO.

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