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CBO: US Budget Shortfall at $397B After 9 Months of FY 2016

budget analysis reviewA Congressional Budget Office report shows the federal government’s budget deficit for the first nine months of fiscal 2016 reached $397 billion, up $81 billion from the shortfall recorded for the same period in fiscal 2015.

CBO said Friday that revenues grew one percent to about $2.5 trillion and expenditures increased by four percent to $2.9 trillion over the past nine months.

Surplus decreased from $50 billion in June 2015 to $10 billion last month, the agency noted.

According to CBO, the three-percent decline, or $12 billion, in revenue for the month of June 2016 is largely due to lower corporate income tax payments.

The agency also found that spending in the past month was $321 billion, up $28 billion from the prior-year period.

CBO said the Federal Communications Commission did not receive payments from auctions of electromagnetic spectrum licenses and the U.S. government spent $2 billion more on Medicare and Social Security programs last month.

The government also collected $2 billion less in payments from government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac while outlays for net interest on the public debt climbed by $5 billion, the report states.

These are the factors that CBO says triggered the overall spending increase during the month of June.

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