$134 Billion Deficit in October for US Government

voanews | November 13, 2019

The U.S. government recorded a $134 billion budget deficit in October, the first month of the new fiscal year, the Treasury Department said Wednesday.That compared to a budget deficit of $100 billion in the same month last year, according to the Treasury's monthly budget statement.Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast a $133 billion deficit for the month.Unadjusted receipts last month totaled $246 billion, down 3% from October 2018, while unadjusted outlays were $380 billion, a rise of 8% from the same month a year earlier. The U.S. government's fiscal year ends in September each year. Fiscal 2019 saw a widening in the deficit to $984 billion, the largest budget deficit in seven years, a result of the Trump administration's decision to cut taxes and increase government spending.

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This infographic was developed for Non-Lethal Weapons Summit, taking place August 20-22, 2012 in the Washington, DC Metro area. It highlights law enforcement use of less-lethal weapons during the Occupy movement and identifies key instances where they were used for crowd and riot control. The Non-Lethal Summit speakers and sessions, which are highlighted in grey, will cover these lesslethal weapons topics at the event. See their full presentation details in the event brochure and register your place online.

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This infographic was developed for Non-Lethal Weapons Summit, taking place August 20-22, 2012 in the Washington, DC Metro area. It highlights law enforcement use of less-lethal weapons during the Occupy movement and identifies key instances where they were used for crowd and riot control. The Non-Lethal Summit speakers and sessions, which are highlighted in grey, will cover these lesslethal weapons topics at the event. See their full presentation details in the event brochure and register your place online.

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