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U.S. Deficit Goes Over $400 Billion

September 18, 2003|From Reuters

WASHINGTON — With one month left in the fiscal year, the U.S. budget deficit moved further into record territory, passing the $400-billion mark for the first time, the Treasury Department said Wednesday.

A shortfall of $76.48 billion last month pushed the fiscal 2003 budget gap to $400.46 billion, a Treasury report said. The fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

August's shortfall compared to a budget gap of $54.71 billion in August last year and was below the $79-billion shortfall expected on Wall Street.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has said it expected the fiscal year to end with a deficit of $401 billion. The White House has forecast a $455-billion deficit.

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