January 26th, 2010
02:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Stimulus is now $75 billion more expensive

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - The Congressional Budget Office hiked its forecast Tuesday for how much the stimulus bill will add to the nation's deficit, raising its estimate by $75 billion to $862 billion.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed in February 2009, was initially believed to have a price tag of $787 billion. With the glaring exception of skyrocketing unemployment compensation costs, the CBO said the Recovery Act's effects on government spending and revenues have closely followed its initial estimate for 2009 and 2010.

The vast majority of the increased deficit impact is linked to anticipated spending in 2011 to 2019. It now appears to the Budget Office that stimulus will have a larger impact on the deficit in the years to come based on changing economic factors since the bill was signed into law 11 months ago.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. mario ca

    Nothing to compare with the war in irak

    January 26, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Still think healthcare would have ONLY cost $1 trillion?

    January 26, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |