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By the numbers: Fiscal cliff

By Caitlin Stark, CNN Library
December 12, 2012 -- Updated 2212 GMT (0612 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • $16.3 trillion -- Size of the current national debt
  • January 2, 2013 -- Date that automatic tax hikes and spending cuts will take effect, unless a deal is reached
  • $7 trillion -- Amount of tax increases and spending cuts included in the fiscal cliff, spread out over the next 10 years
  • 49% and 25% -- Americans surveyed who approve of the way President Obama and Speaker Boehner are handling the fiscal cliff, respectively

(CNN) -- Time is running out for congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama to strike a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. If the two parties can't come to an agreement before the end of the year, a combination of broad tax hikes and deep government spending cuts take effect . Experts warn of a new recession if Washington goes over the fiscal cliff.

Here's a by-the-numbers look at the fiscal cliff and its impact:

The current situation:

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What if we go off the fiscal cliff?

$16.3 trillion -- The amount of the current national debt.

71% -- The percentage of every tax dollar going to support Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and interest on the debt.

2026 -- The year that all federal tax revenue could potentially go to supporting Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and interest on the debt, unless changes are made.

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What the fiscal cliff will do:

January 2, 2013 -- The date that automatic tax increases and spending cuts will go into effect, unless a deal is reached.

$7 trillion -- The total amount of tax increases and spending cuts included in the fiscal cliff, spread out over the next 10 years.

$1.2 trillion -- The amount of deficit reduction possible over the next 10 years, with the fiscal cliff's spending cuts and tax increases.

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$55 billion -- The amount expected to be cut from non-defense spending in 2013. This includes education, aviation safety and other programs.

$55 billion -- The amount the Department of Defense will have to cut from discretionary spending in 2013.

$500 billion -- The amount the Department of Defense faces in potential cuts over 10 years.

Mother with autistic son worried what fiscal cliff could do to her family

90% -- The percentage of Americans who will pay more taxes in 2013, if a deal on the fiscal cliff isn't reached.

$2,000 -- Amount the Tax Policy Center estimates that middle class families will have to pay in additional taxes in 2013, if a deal isn't reached.

Proposals:

$1.4 trillion -- The amount the White House has proposed in new tax revenues, to reduce the deficit.

$800 billion -- The amount that the GOP has proposed to reduce the deficit, by enacting tax reform and eliminating some deductions and loopholes.

Polls:

49% -- The percentage of people polled who approve of President Barack Obama's handling of the fiscal cliff negotiations.

25% -- The percentage of people polled who approve of House Speaker John Boehner's handling of the fiscal cliff negotiations.

Polls show Obama has more public support in fiscal cliff talks

42% -- The percentage of people polled who disapprove of President Barack Obama's handling of the fiscal cliff negotiations.

49% -- The percentage of people polled who disapprove of House Speaker John Boehner's handling of the fiscal cliff negotiations.

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