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H.R. 3979: BASIC Act

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A decade from now, interest on the deficit alone will be higher than the entire deficit was last year. Should this be reflected in government spending and budget estimates?


The federal deficit was $779 billion last year. [See Table 1.1 in that link, cell E29.] It’s projected to rise to $960 billion this year. And on its current path, it will exceed $1 billion annually for the next decade.

Several factors are contributing to this sharp rise. One of the biggest is 2017’s Republican-led Tax Cuts ...

Sponsor and status

Daniel Meuser

Sponsor. Representative for Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 25, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Jul 25, 2019

Introduced on Jul 25, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on July 25, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jul 25, 2019

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H.R. 3979 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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