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While it caught the White House by surprise, the decision to downgrade U.S. government debt reflects Washington’s persistent battles over rising federal debt, now projected to approach levels unseen since the end of World War II.
The nonpartisan agency estimates in its latest 30-year outlook, released Wednesday, that publicly held debt will be equal to a record 181% of American economic activity by 2053.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a consent order last week against Fishers-based Phoenix Financial Services over alleged violations of federal debt-collection and credit-reporting laws.
Lawmakers are tentatively not expected back at work until Tuesday, just two days from June 1, when Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said the U.S. could start running out of cash to pay its bills and face a federal default.
The White House Council of Economic Advisers compared the potential economic impact of a debt ceiling breach to the 2008 Great Recession, in which economic growth contracts sharply and unemployment surges.
Next month, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases seeking to overturn the debt relief policy that conservatives have panned as an expensive giveaway and executive overreach.
The countdown toward a possible U.S. government default began Thursday with Treasury implementing accounting measures to buy time as frictions between President Joe Biden and House Republicans raise alarms.
Millions of Americans have had medical debt paid by not-for-profits that receive increased support from a wide variety of grantmakers and donors, including MacKenzie Scott.
After squirreling away cash at record rates during the pandemic, Americans have taken a hard turn in the opposite direction, with the personal savings rate dropping to a 17-year low of 2.3% in October.
Earlier Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett rejected an appeal from a Wisconsin taxpayers group seeking to stop the debt cancellation program.
The federal government announced Tuesday a program that will help farmers who have fallen behind on loan payments or face foreclosure.
Credit card debt is rising at its fastest clip in more than 20 years, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Overall, Americans owe $887 billion on their credit cards, a 13 percent increase from a year ago.
Most of those Indiana recipients could have up to $20,000 forgiven because they received Pell Grants, which are provided to students whose families can’t help them pay for college.
Members of the House on Tuesday pushed through a $480 billion increase to the nation’s debt limit, ensuring the federal government can continue fully paying its bills into December.
The Affordable Care Act requires not-for-profit hospitals to tell patients about financial help, but it leaves the details for how that gets done or the extent of the assistance largely up to them. Patient counselors see little consistency.
The debt-ceiling increase covers federal borrowing only until about Dec. 3. That means Congress faces yet another deadline to stave off default and prevent a government shutdown, two urgent tasks that carry significant political and economic consequences in the case of failure.
Senate leaders announced an agreement Thursday to extend the government’s borrowing authority into December, temporarily averting an unprecedented federal default that experts say would have devastated the economy.
Invoking a filibuster rules change won’t be easy, in part because all Democratic senators would need to be on board.
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