Headline RoundupJanuary 13th, 2023

US Will Hit Debt Limit Next Week, Treasury Secretary Warns Congress

Summary from AllSides News Team

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen sent a letter to four congressional leaders on Friday, warning them that the government is expected to reach its debt limit on Thursday. Should this happen without the limit being raised, the Treasury Department will enact “extraordinary measures” to prevent a debt default.

For Context: The current debt limit is $31.4 trillion. The last time the debt ceiling was raised was 2021. With a now-divided congress, and House Republicans renewing calls to rein in government spending, outlets across the spectrum are anticipating a political showdown over raising the debt limit and permitting more borrowing.

Key Quotes: In her letter, Yellen stated, “failure to meet the government’s obligations would cause irreparable harm to the U.S. economy, the livelihoods of all Americans, and global financial stability.” While the Department’s cost-cutting measures can pay the bills until the summer, Yellen called for a swift resolution, warning that even “threats that the U.S. government might fail to meet its obligations” could cause global financial panic.

How The Media Covered It: An article from the Associated Press warned of potential consequences of a debt default and framed House Republicans as obstructionists, stating that in order to find a “compromise,” Biden may be forced to deprioritize “programs for children and the poor.” Fox News’s coverage echoed fears and dangers of defaulting, ending the article by quoting Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) voicing optimism that a bipartisan agreement would be reached.

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