Capitol Correspondence - 06.06.23

Bipartisan Agreement Avoids US Debt Ceiling Crisis

Share this page

This past Saturday, President Joe Biden signed the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 into law, lifting the debt ceiling and capping federal spending. This bipartisan agreement saved the nation from an economic crisis.

The compromise bill passed the Senate by a 63-36 margin and the House by 314-117. Without the agreement, federal obligations like Social Security, Medicare, and military paychecks would have been affected, and global financial markets would have been disrupted.

Notably, the debt ceiling deal has no impact on Medicaid spending or eligibility. This assurance alleviates concerns among those reliant on this vital program. The potential consequences of failing to raise the debt ceiling, such as global financial market upheaval and job losses in the United States, have been effectively averted.

The urgency surrounding the agreement stemmed from the Treasury Department’s estimate that the federal government would have exhausted its funds on June 5 if the debt ceiling had not been lifted. President Biden emphasized the significance of maintaining the full faith and credit of the United States, highlighting the budget’s role in fostering economic growth and reflecting the nation’s values.

The weeks of intense negotiations between Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and the White House resulted in several ideological policy victories for conservatives, including increasing work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and limiting state flexibilities for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. However, the agreement also comes with work requirement exemptions for veterans, people experiencing homelessness, and young adults aged 18-24 who were previously in foster care. The deal also includes spending cuts and the rescission of some unspent COVID-19 funds.

Additionally, the bill raises the debt ceiling until January 1, 2025, extending beyond the next presidential election.

More News

Capitol Correspondence - 07.23.24
CMS Releases Companion Guide to Access Rule
Smartphone and computer displaying CMS logo and webpage
Capitol Correspondence - 07.23.24
CMS Releases Guidance on Provider Directories Compliance
Stateside Report - 07.22.24
Stateside Report: July 22, 2024
image of the Nebraska state house