Debt and Deficit

The United States has a debt problem—and it threatens not only our long-term fiscal health, but also our future as a competitive and growing nation. Put simply, the federal government has been spending at a faster rate than revenues come in, resulting in large budget deficits and unsustainable levels of debt.

The Chamber is calling for government reforms that will address the looming crisis of unsustainable entitlement programs, keep deficit spending low for the long-term, and rein in our growing debt.

Projects and Programs

Recent Activity

Letters to CongressDec 17, 2019 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Letter to the House on Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Bills

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, supporting Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations legislation.

Letters to CongressDec 16, 2019 - 1:15pm

U.S. Chamber Letter to the Senate on S. 1790, the "National Defense Authorization Act of 2020"

This Hill letter was sent to the United States Senate supporting S. 1790, the "National Defense Authorization Act of 2020."

Letters to CongressDec 10, 2019 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter to the House on S. 1790, the "National Defense Authorization Act of 2020"

This Hill letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, supporting S. 1790, the "National Defense Authorization Act of 2020."

Letters to CongressJul 30, 2019 - 9:45am

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Letter on H.R. 3877, "Bipartisan Budget Act"

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the United States Senate, supporting H.R. 3877, the "Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019."

Letters to CongressJul 24, 2019 - 4:15pm

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Letter on H.R. 3877, "Bipartisan Budget Act"

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, supporting H.R. 3877, the "Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019."

Letters to CongressJun 26, 2019 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 3351, the Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act

This letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives on H.R. 3351, the Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act.

Above the FoldJun 25, 2019 - 1:30pm
Total deficit or surplus

Right Hand, Left Hand, and the Federal Budget Deficit

Here's an example of how the budget process has collapsed in Washington

Letters to CongressApr 09, 2019 - 1:15pm

U.S. Chamber Letter Opposing H.Res.294

This letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives opposing H.Res.294, the rule providing for consideration of H.R. 1644 and H.R. 2021.

Above the FoldJan 18, 2019 - 2:15pm
The U.S. Capitol stands past "Caution" tape in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018.

Government Shutdown: Caveat Imperium

The bottom line is, the government’s partial shutdown is putting an unwelcome damper on the economy.

Above the FoldSep 07, 2018 - 9:30am
Social Security checks are printed in Philadelphia, PA.

Entitlement Chastenings

Jobs grew by 201,000 jobs in August, and the unemployment rate remained at 3.9%.