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Social Security and Debt Default– Here’s What to Know

The United States has never defaulted on its debt. But, the U.S. government has hit the top threshold called the debt ceiling that Congress has set. Of course all Congress has to do is raise it again, as it has always done every so many years. But GOP House members are saying it’s time to get federal spending in order. Bram Berkowitz has a piece here that suggests not panicking, noting that the Treasury Department would almost certainly prioritize Social Security payments and interest payments, even in the unlikely default scenario. After that, the author admits, “flip a coin.” Full piece here.

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