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The US national debt surpassed the $32 trillion mark for the first time this week, according to Treasury Department data released on Friday.
The record was set less than two weeks after President Joe Biden signed legislation suspending Washington’s $31.4 trillion debt limit, preventing a first-ever US debt default. The measure enables the government to borrow an unlimited amount of money until January 1, 2025, when the debt ceiling suspension expires. This means that the government can continue to pay for domestic services like social security and Medicare by borrowing money from overseas and effectively accruing even more debt.
The ceiling was removed after the US Treasury repeatedly warned that if it was not removed, the country would fail on its debts. The borrowing ceiling was surpassed in January, and the Treasury had a limited armory of options at its disposal to avert the default, which was scheduled for early June. The concerns sparked a months-long battle between Republicans and Democrats over spending priorities, threatening the measure’s ratification.
Federal borrowing increased by $400 billion on the first business day after the debt ceiling was raised.
According to the New York Times, the $32 trillion mark was surpassed nine years earlier than predicted prior to the Covid-19 outbreak. According to experts, in order to avert another catastrophe, the government must address the underlying causes of the debt.
“As we race past $32 trillion in debt with no end in sight, it’s well past time to address the fundamental drivers of our debt, which are mandatory spending growth and a lack of sufficient revenues to fund it,” Michael A. Peterson, president of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, told the news source. According to the foundation’s forecasts, the United States might incur another $127 trillion in debt over the following 30 years, with interest expenses accounting for almost 40% of federal revenues by 2053.