Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said on Monday Congress must look to Americans to put a dent in the federal budget deficit.
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Mulvaney said some benefits of the Trump administration’s policies are beginning to pay off, as the Treasury Department recorded the largest-ever monthly surplus in April after a massive swell of individual income tax receipts.
While this was a positive sign, Mulvaney said the government must continue to focus on growing the economy.
“In a healthy American economy where people are making more, the government takes in more revenue, and that shrinks our deficits,” he added.
In March, President Trump begrudgingly signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill into law. The U.S. is now facing $1 trillion budget deficits every year, despite the OMB’s healthy economic growth projections.
The national debt has exceeded $21 trillion and is expected to climb to more than $33 trillion in 2028, according to the OMB.