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Recession-Hit US Falls Further Into The Red

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The deficit is expected to hit 1.4 trillion dollars (£877bn) in the 2009 fiscal year, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has announced.

The figure is some $950bn (£595bn) greater than the shortfall recorded the previous year.

The 2009 fiscal year has seen the recession enforce a big drop in tax revenues amid a series of extraordinary government spending.

The bailing out of Wall St and the takeover of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac cost $245bn (£153bn) in emergency spending.

President Barack Obama's economic stimulus bill added a further $200bn (£125bn) in costs.

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