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We have a debt ceiling deal. So what happens next?

Jun 2, 2023
Now, agencies and Congress need to figure out how to implement the thing.
Congress will soon have to turn broad spending limits into actual appropriations bills for the next fiscal year.
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What will happen once the debt ceiling deal is passed?

Jun 1, 2023
How will the Treasury act to make up for lost time?
After hitting the debt ceiling and taking extraordinary measures, "the Treasury Department has to replenish their checking account, basically," said George Mateyo Key Private Bank.
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The debt limit deal would reduce government spending by about $1.5 trillion

May 31, 2023
Reduced government spending can have an impact on the broader economy. But economists say the effects will likely be limited.
"It does slow the economy, but not in a particularly meaningful way," said economics professor Justin Wolfers of the debit limit deal reached by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden.
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Who does the U.S. owe $31.4 trillion?

May 26, 2023
Our creditors range from private investors to foreign governments. Some seek to align the debt limit with the budgeting process.
The debt limit is the amount of money the Treasury can borrow to meet its obligations. The deadline for Congress to lift the limit, lest the U.S. default, is quickly approaching.
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Debt ceiling deadline is extended to June 5, later than previously estimated, Yellen says

May 26, 2023
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Friday the projected debt ceiling deadline is extended to June 5, four days later than previously estimated.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen Yellen said in letter to Congress that inaction on raising the U.S. debt limit would “cause severe hardship.”
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Where does the US credit rating come from?

May 25, 2023
Atsi Sheth from Moody's gives us a behind the scenes look into the company's ratings process.
"In the most basic terms, a credit rating is really an opinion on the credit quality of any entity that borrows on the debt capital markets," said Atsi Sheth at Moody's Investors Service.
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When will the U.S. run out of money? It’s tough to say.

May 25, 2023
Predicting the exact timing of a government default is difficult, given the amount of the variability in government spending and revenue.
Even Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen admitted it’s hard to be exactly sure when a default could happen.
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The messy money reality at the center of the debt ceiling fight

Raising the federal government’s borrowing limit isn’t about spending. It’s about how money works.
Unless the White House and Congressional leaders can make a deal to lift or suspend the debt limit, the U.S. could default on its debts as soon as June 1.
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Corporate borrowing is up this month, despite rising interest rates

May 19, 2023
Recent mergers and the ongoing debt limit negotiations in Congress could be prompting companies to borrow more.
Large mergers, like Pfizer’s $43 billion purchase of the biotech company Seagen, is one reason why corporate borrowing is up this month.
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Is the federal debt limit unconstitutional? 

May 10, 2023
A union that represents government employees is suing the president and treasury secretary to get them to disregard the debt limit.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. A government workers union is suing her and President Joe Biden, calling on them to disregard the debt ceiling.
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