NEW YORK/BERLIN, (Reuters) – Red ink is rising to record levels in the United States as bailout costs mount, budget experts warned yesterday, while Europe sought to expand funding to fight the burgeoning world financial crisis. European Union leaders meeting in Brussels agreed to provide 75 billion euros ($103 billion) in new loans to the International Monetary Fund as part of a Group of 20 effort to boost the lender’s ability to fight global recession.
A draft of a declaration from EU leaders would urge G20 countries meeting in London on April 2 to beef up IMF resources “so that the Fund can help its members swiftly and flexibly if they experience balance of payment difficulties.” The actions showed the mounting costs of the world financial turmoil.
In the United States, the Congres-sional Budget Office forecast a record $1.8 trillion deficit for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, or 13.1 percent of gross domestic product.
That could complicate President Barack Obama’s efforts to convince lawmakers to pass his $3.55 trillion budget plan for 2010. [ID:nN20498067]
In January, the CBO forecast almost $1.2 trillion in red ink for fiscal 2009.
The CBO also revised its forecast about accumulating deficits over the next 10 years, saying they would total $9.3 trillion from 2010 to 2019, which drew immediate fire from Republicans who have criticized Obama’s budget for its massive new spending and tax increases on the wealthy.
“This debt buildup is due to massive spending that we cannot afford, and deficits that go unaddressed,” said Senator Judd Gregg, the senior Republican on the Senate Budget Committee.