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.
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