Country Forecast United States Updater

  • ID: 2105469
  • August 2015
  • Region: United States
  • 17 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

For the rest of his term, the president, Barack Obama, will have to deal with a Republican majority in the House of Representatives (the lower house of Congress) and the Senate (the upper house), which will tend to oppose his legislative programme. An emboldened Mr Obama will take "executive action" to change policy in areas where he does not need congressional approval.

Campaigning has started for the next presidential election, which takes place in November 2016. Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state, is the likely Democratic nominee. She stands a good chance of winning if the economy is growing strongly, as she is tied to the record of Mr Obama. If voters feel that they are yet to benefit from the recovery, they are more likely to opt for the Republican candidate, who will probably be either the Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker, the Florida senator, Marco Rubio, or a former Florida governor, Jeb Bush.

Four years of austerity have mended the public accounts, and government spending will gradually support economic growth again. Most of the rebound will be at the local and state levels as Congress continues to focus on reducing the federal deficit. The federal budget deficit is forecast to decline from 2.8% of GDP in 2014 to 2.2% in 2018, before rising in 2019 as the economy weakens.

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Country Forecast United States Updater

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Country forecast overview: United States of America's business environment
Policy towards private enterprise and competition
Policy towards foreign investment
Foreign trade and exchange controls
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