US Debt Interest Payments Top $1 Trillion as Burden Soars

The United States government’s cost of servicing its national debt surpassed the $1 trillion mark in 2023, according to data from the Federal Reserve

This staggering figure was driven by soaring interest rates and a record $34 trillion debt burden. Over the past decade, debt interest payments have more than doubled, fueled by massive government spending during the pandemic crisis.

Source: Visual Capitalist

The national debt is growing at an alarming rate of approximately $1 trillion every 100 days, equating to roughly $3.6 trillion per year. Consequently, the US government spent more than $2 billion per day on interest costs alone in 2023.

Moreover, the situation is exacerbated by the country’s steep deficit, which stood at $1.1 trillion for the first six months of fiscal 2024. This deficit has been accelerated by a 43% increase in debt servicing costs, a $31 billion increase in defense spending, and a $30 billion increase in funding for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation due to the regional banking crisis.

According to projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), approximately 75% of the federal deficit’s increase will be attributable to interest costs by 2034, highlighting the urgency of addressing the nation’s mounting debt burden and its associated costs.


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