WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen stated Monday that it’s “very possible” the US will run out of cash to pay its payments on June 1 if the debt ceiling battle is just not resolved by then.
The up to date schedule comes after Yellen set a Might 15 deadline of June 1 for the US to increase the borrowing restrict or danger a default for the primary time within the nation’s historical past, which he has repeatedly warned that it will have disastrous financial penalties.
“With an extra week of data now accessible,” Yellen wrote in a letter to Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy, “I’m writing to say that we estimate that it is rather possible that the Treasury will not be capable to meet the entire obligations of the federal government if Congress has not acted to boost or droop the debt restrict by early June, and probably as of June 1.”
Yellen’s new letter comes simply earlier than a high-stakes assembly between Democratic President Joe Biden and McCarthy, who’ve been at odds over methods to resolve the standoff. They’ve enlisted workers and allies to assist negotiate a debt restrict invoice together with a mutually satisfying finances deal.
On the coronary heart of the dispute is how a lot the federal authorities ought to spend within the coming fiscal yr, with Home Republicans demanding cuts and different adjustments in finances coverage that Democrats are loath to simply accept. Republicans management the Home, however any deal would want approval from the Democratic-led Senate.
The USA hit the authorized debt restrict in January and has been utilizing “extraordinary measures” to pay the payments ever since. The Treasury Division has at all times given a timeline of early June for Congress to behave or danger breaching the debt ceiling. The precise date has been adjusted on the fly based mostly on the tax receipts, as is common when setting the deadline.
“Now we have discovered from previous debt restrict impasses that ready till the final minute to droop or enhance the debt restrict could cause critical harm to shopper and enterprise confidence, enhance borrowing prices within the brief time period for taxpayers and negatively have an effect on the credit standing of the US,” Yellen wrote in her letter Monday.