Treasury Secretary Lew: Raise the Debt Limit Now (by Mitch, Boehner and the Surrender Monkeys)

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The U.S. will hit its debt limit on March 16 but with some “extraordinary measures” it will be able to fund the government on a temporary basis, according to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who urged Congress in a letter to raise the debt limit immediately.

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In the letter to House Speaker John Boehner and other House and Senate leaders, Lew said on March 13 his office would have to suspend the issuance of some local and and state securities, reports CNBC.

“Accordingly, I respectfully ask Congress to raise the debt limit as soon as possible,” Lew wrote in his letter.

In the letter, Lew assured that increasing the debt limit did not necessarily mean approving new spending but instead allowed the federal government to pay for existing expenses.

His letter came on the heels of a a Congressional Budget Office report Tuesday that said if the U.S. federal debt limit is not raised, the U.S. Treasury Department will exhaust all of its borrowing capacity and run out of cash in October or November, slightly later than a previous forecast. Normal U.S. borrowing authority under the debt limit is due to expire on March 15. If Congress fails to raise or extend the debt limit, Treasury will need to begin employing extraordinary cash management measures to continue borrowing.

It estimated that the Treasury’s extraordinary measures, which range from suspending investments in government employee pension funds to halting sales of debt securities to state and local governments, would provide nearly $363 billion in additional borrowing capacity.

Once that capacity is exhausted, CBO said the borrowing cap “would ultimately lead to delays of payments for government activities, a default on the government’s debt obligations, or both.”

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Report: Boehner told group of House Republicans he’ll violate the Hastert Rule to raise the debt ceiling if necessary

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Big news — unless, of course, it’s disinformation, which I doubt.

With attention shifting to potential consequences of not increasing the debt limit, one House Republican said Thursday that Speaker John A. Boehner had told colleagues in a meeting that he was determined to prevent a federal default and was willing to pass a measure through a combination of Republican and Democratic votes.

The lawmaker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Mr. Boehner had said he would be willing to violate the so-called Hastert Rule if necessary to pass a debt limit increase.

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