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CBO: Build Back Better Not Quite ‘Fully Paid For’

CBO: Build Back Better Not Quite ‘Fully Paid For’

For weeks, President Joe Biden has been saying the Build Back Better plan would be “fully paid for” and would not increase the deficit. But the official congressional scorekeeper in its long-awaited final analysis contradicted the president’s claims.

Biden Spins Facts on Framework

Biden Spins Facts on Framework

In a speech announcing the framework for a pared-down spending plan, President Joe Biden made some questionable claims.

Video: Trump on Deficits

Video: Trump on Deficits

In this week’s video, CNN’s Jake Tapper explains that federal deficits are rising rather than “coming down,” as President Donald Trump claimed.

Trump Disinformation on Deficits

Trump Disinformation on Deficits

President Donald Trump misleadingly claimed that “deficits seem to be coming down,” when in fact deficits are rising, largely because of the tax cuts he enacted.

Trump’s Budget Wouldn’t Erase Deficits, CBO Said

Trump’s Budget Wouldn’t Erase Deficits, CBO Said

Under President Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, there would have been hundreds of billions of dollars in deficits each year from 2018 to 2027, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. That contradicts White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s claim that the U.S. “would actually be on a glide path to balancing the budget” under the plan.

Video: Trump’s False Trade Claims

Video: Trump’s False Trade Claims

In this week’s fact-checking video, CNN’s Jake Tapper looks at two of President Donald Trump’s recent claims about trade.