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

Above the FoldJan 28, 2017 - 8:45am
Federal Debt Held by the Public

New CBO Report Says Our Fiscal Future Is Unsustainable

An undeniable lasting effect of President Obama’s tenure has been a significant degradation in our nation’s fiscal health.

SpeechJan 11, 2017 - 9:30am

2017 State of American Business Address

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue's remarks on the State of American Business as prepared for delivery on January 11, 2017.

EventJan 11, 2017 - 9:30am to 10:30am
2017 State of American Business banner

2017 State of American Business Address

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue delivered his annual State of American Business address to outline the top challenges facing the business community and the Chamber’s policy priorities for 2017.

Above the FoldJan 09, 2017 - 9:00am
2017 State of American Business

A Growth Agenda to Unite All Americans

The Chamber’s message to policymakers and incoming leaders is simple: Choose growth.

Above the FoldDec 30, 2016 - 3:30pm
2016 as sand art

Above the Fold’s Top Five for 2016

Readers were curious about a variety of public policy issues affecting the business community.

Above the FoldNov 04, 2016 - 9:00am
Vote for Jobs and Growth this November 8

Vote for Jobs and Growth

Tuesday, November 8 is finally decision time for the American people—and the stakes couldn’t be higher

Above the FoldOct 28, 2016 - 9:00am
Entitlements: A truly haunting Halloween tale

The Entitlements Munster

This Halloween horror story addresses the shocking truth about our country's entitlement programs.

Above the FoldOct 20, 2016 - 2:45pm
A viewing party for the third U.S. presidential debate in San Francisco, Cal.

Clinton and Trump Were Finally Asked About the Most Important (But Overlooked) Election Issue. They Whiffed.

At the third presidential debate Americans finally heard a question on reforming Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Above the FoldOct 19, 2016 - 5:30pm
Presidential Debate: Trump and Clinton

Open Memo to Chris Wallace: America’s Last Opportunity for Answers on Entitlement Reform

Entitlement programs are the primary drivers of our country’s swelling federal debt.

Above the FoldOct 18, 2016 - 9:00am
Federal spending continues to grow because of mandatory spending.

Soaring Budget Deficits Limit the Next President's Options

Federal spending rose 5%, driven largely by “mandatory spending” like Social Security and Medicare.