As the presidential campaign heats up with the first debates this week, The Concord Coalition has released The National Debt & Federal Budget: 2020 Presidential Election Issue Guide.
In the months ahead presidential candidates will make many promises and offer ambitious economic plans. But within weeks of taking office the next president will have to fit these plans into a proposed budget to submit to Congress. With nonpartisan budget projections showing an unsustainable path under current laws, it is critical for whoever is elected president in 2020 to chart a more responsible and sustainable fiscal course. Presidential candidates should therefore explain how they would do that or explain why they would not.
The Concord Coalition is working to raise public awareness of the dangers posed by the nation’s growing debt and to make dealing with this problem a high priority for 2020 presidential candidates. We encourage all candidates to answer this question:
“If you are elected president, what will you do to address the national debt?”
This guide is intended to serve as a nonpartisan resource to voters, media and candidates on these issues. Voters should not settle for campaigns devoid of serious and substantive discussion about the nation’s fiscal challenges. We offer this guide to help those who want to elevate a fact-based dialogue throughout the 2020 race.
Some information to keep in mind:
Consequences of Rising Debt
|Debt Held by the Public||42||78||92|
|Total Discretionary Spending||8.4||6.3||5.0|
*Assumes that current law spending caps for 2020 and 2021 are maintained
**Assumes that some 2017 tax cuts expire as scheduled after 2025
Demographics and the Budget