With a vote of 314 to 117 in the House of Representatives and 63 to 36 in the Senate, Congress sent the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 to the President. When the President signs the bill, the threat of a default on U.S. debt and obligations is avoided.
There was a sigh of relief in Congress, the White House, the financial markets and by world leaders. All were hoping for a compromise and bipartisan support for the bill.
After extended negotiations between President Biden and Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, a bipartisan compromise was reached. The bill suspends the debt limit of $31.4 trillion until January 2025. After the next election in November of 2024, the new Congress and Administration will need to set an updated limit.
The key compromises related to defense and nondefense spending. Both will be limited in 2024 and 2025. Nondefense spending growth in 2025 will be limited...More