An approach to projecting the budgetary impact of legislation.
For virtually every bill reported out of committee, the Congressional Budget Office or the Joint Committee on Taxation provides Congress an estimate of the legislation’s budgetary impact, assuming that the overall size of the economy is fixed. Those estimates serve as the bill’s official “score” in the congressional budget process and project the bill’s year-by-year effects on revenues or outlays (excluding interest).
SOURCE: The Encyclopedia of Taxation and Tax Policy (Second Edition), Urban Institute Press
National Debt Glossary
Looks up the key terms for understanding America's financial crisis
Frequently Asked Questions: National Debt
- How did the national debt get to be so big?
- What's the difference between the debt and the deficit?
- Why can't the government just print more money to get out of debt?
- How much U.S. debt is owned by foreign countries?