Government Could Hit Debt Ceiling in Mid-October

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on September 10, 2013

“An analysis released today by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) finds that the federal government will be unable to meet all of its spending obligations as early as mid-October, unless the debt ceiling is raised. BPC estimates that the federal government will exhaust its borrowing authority and no longer have sufficient funds to pay all of its bills in full and on time at some point between October 18 and November 5, 2013. If the X Date occurs on October 18, at the beginning of BPC’s projected window, the Department of Treasury would be about $106 billion short of paying all bills owed between October 18 and November 15. Approximately 32% of the bills owed during that period would go unpaid. BPC estimates that, as of August 31, the federal government has $108 billion in extraordinary measures available for use. After the federal government has utilized all of the extraordinary measures, only two sources will remain to continue funding government operations: remaining cash on hand and federal revenues received each day.”

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