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 FoldMar 03, 2017 - 9:30am
Emperor Jiajing on his state barge

What Ancient China Can Teach Us About Trade

Perhaps China’s Ming Dynasty provides the greatest historical example of isolationism’s effects

Above the FoldFeb 10, 2017 - 9:00am
Debt to GDP

The US Economy 2017 – Past, Present, and Threats to the Future

President Trump may not appreciate his good luck.

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.

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.