The CBO also said that increasing federal debt would diminish Congress’s ability to respond to unexpected future challenges and increase the risk of a fiscal crisis “in which the government would lose the ability to borrow money at affordable interest rates.”
The report comes as a mixed bag for Democrats and Republicans, fueling both parties’ arguments for what should be done about the sequester moving forward.
GOP lawmakers have minimized the impacts of the cuts and demanded that the spending cap stay in place to keep taxes and the national debt in check. Democrats have decried the human and economic effects while calling for a repeal.
The sequester stalemate, which has shown virtually no signs of subsiding, is indicative of congressional budget talks in general over the past few years. Negotiations this year have been largely unsuccessful, with the two parties making little progress toward closing a $91 billion gap between their budget proposals.
Meanwhile, Congress has not passed a comprehensive budget in nearly four years.