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US Budget $4.5 Trillion in 2023

US Budget $4.5 Trillion in 2023

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Thursday, 13 June 2024 08:00 AM EDT

The U.S. government recorded a $347 billion May budget deficit, up sharply from the $240 billion deficit a year earlier due to the pre-payment of some June benefits and higher outlays for interest, Social Security and defense, the Treasury Department said Wednesday.

The Treasury said outlays for May rose to $671 billion, a record for the month and a 22% increase from May 2023, but this was due in part to the payment of $93 billion in June federal benefit payments during May, as June 1 fell on a Saturday.

Total outlays for the 2023 fiscal year totaled $4.5 trillion, up 8% from the prior year period, Treasury said.

Year-to-date government outlays for interest on public debt were $728 billion, a 37% increase from 2023, Bloomberg reports.

The Federal Reserve's aggressive 11 interest rate increases to drive the Federal Funds Rate to 5.25%-5.50% in order to tamp down inflation, has made debt more expensive. The U.S. paid a 3.3% weighted average interest rate on its total marketable government debt at the end of May — 60 basis points higher than a year prior and the most expensive since 2008.

Social Security and defense outlays each rose by 8%, adding $115 billion to the deficit year-to-date through May.

May receipts totaled $324 billion, a 5% increase from May 2023. The total included the correction of an April anomaly that had previously classified $20.5 billion of corporate taxes as withheld Medicare taxes, a U.S. Treasury official said.

For the first eight months of the 2024 fiscal year, the government's deficit was $1.202 trillion, up 3% from the $1.165 trillion recorded in the year-ago period.

Year-to-date receipts totaled $3.288 trillion, up 10% from a year earlier.

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The U.S. government recorded a $347 billion May budget deficit, up sharply from the $240 billion deficit a year earlier due to the pre-payment of some June benefits and higher outlays for interest, Social Security and defense, the Treasury Department said Wednesday.
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