Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned on Sunday that “financial and economic chaos would ensue,” if the U.S. fails to raise the debt ceiling by early June and strongly urge Congress to take decisive action to avoid an “economic calamity” ahead of President Biden’s meeting with “Big Four” Congressional leadership Tuesday.
The U.S. government hit its statutory $31.4 trillion debt limit Thursday, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announced, prompting the Treasury to start taking “extraordinary measures” in order for the nation to avoid a catastrophic default for at least the next few months.
The U.S. is expected to reach its borrowing limit next Thursday, causing the Treasury Department to begin deploying “extraordinary measures” that buys the federal government enough time to starve off the specter of a debt default until at least early June as Washington kicks off a contentious debt ceiling battle.
President Biden urged Republicans to back off playing “Russian roulette with the American economy” and help Democrats raise the debt ceiling ahead of the looming default deadline while torches the opposing party’s as “hypocritical, dangerous and disgraceful” in blocking the increase twice last week.
Senate Republicans blocked a key procedural vote to advance the Democrat-backed measure to fund the government and suspend the debt ceiling Monday evening, leaving Democrats scrambling with less than three days to figure out how to avert a shutdown with its deadline looming at the end of the week.