Fitch downgrades U.S. after debt limit stalemate
Fitch Ratings on Tuesday downgraded the U.S. government’s credit rating, after a partisan clash over its borrowing authority threatened default earlier this year.
Fitch lowered the U.S. debt rating to AA+ from AAA. The firm cited repeated debt-limit political standoffs, an inadequate fiscal framework and a complex budgeting process.
The announcement, which Fitch had warned might come for months, triggered an immediate rebuke from Biden administration officials including Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.
“The change by Fitch Ratings announced today is arbitrary and based on outdated data,” Yellen said.