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US Default Crisis: White House Officials Fear Worst

TRUTH PUKE’S TAKE: The United States is facing a critical challenge as it approaches the possibility of defaulting on its financial obligations. Reports have surfaced suggesting that some in the Biden administration do not agree with the White House’s conclusion that a doomsday scenario of default is avoidable, while senior officials focused on economic matters have privately expressed more concern about “the serious possibility of default” than those focused on politics.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has been highly critical of President Biden’s alleged unwillingness to discuss a debt ceiling increase, accusing him of jeopardizing US financial markets by delaying negotiations. McCarthy has also reiterated Republican calls to address rising government spending before authorizing a higher borrowing limit. The debt ceiling has been stalled at $31.4 trillion since mid-January, and GOP members have refused to support the debt ceiling increase unless it comes with corresponding spending cuts, mostly to domestic social spending.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has warned that the government failing to raise the debt ceiling could be catastrophic and that the Treasury had already taken extraordinary measures ahead of a potential default on US financial obligations that may take place later this year. The Congressional Budget Office has claimed that if the US does not raise its debt ceiling, there will be a default on payments between July and September.

t is essential for the US government to address this challenge promptly and comprehensively. Defaulting on its financial obligations would erode the confidence of investors in the US dollar and undermine the US government’s credibility, potentially leading to higher borrowing costs and a severe economic downturn.

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