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President Joe Biden strayed from the facts more than once during Tuesday’s State of the Union address, according to multiple fact-checking websites.
The Washington Post took issue with 13 claims made by the president.
For example, Biden claimed, “In the last two years, my administration cut the deficit by more than $1.7 trillion — the largest deficit reduction in American history.”
“Biden misleadingly claims to have lowered the deficit by a huge amount even though his policies have added significantly to the national debt. How is this possible? Welcome to federal budget magic,” the Post reported.
The Post later noted that federal deficits were due to decline once emergency pandemic aid stopped flowing and were expected to hit $3.31 trillion for the 2021 and 2022 federal fiscal years. Instead, the deficits totaled $4.15 trillion, meaning Biden added to the debt by roughly $850 billion.
“One hundred percent of the deficit reduction, on net, was the result of waning COVID relief,” Marc Goldwein, senior vice president and senior policy director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, told FactCheck.org.
“All said, the decline in the deficit over the past fiscal year is more than entirely the result of waning COVID relief and not of historic deficit reduction by President Biden as the White House claims. In fact, the president’s actions to date have increased deficits by $4.8 trillion through 2031,” the group wrote.
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