That was the U.S. budget deficit last month, the government’s best December monthly total since 2007.
The deficit fell from $86 billion in December 2011, according to data from the Treasury Department. The government had a $48.3 billion surplus in December 2007.
The year-to-date deficit for fiscal 2013 is $292.3 billion, following deficits of $120 billion in October and $172.1 billion in November. The fiscal year began Oct. 1.
Bloomberg News reporter Meera Louis has more here.