Debt Ceiling Watch 2013

 In order to avoid bumping up against the statutory debt ceiling, the Department of the Treasury has begun undertaking a number of so-called "extraordinary measures". The current debt limit is $16.394 trillion.

Keep checking back as we update this table (and click here for last year's Debt Ceiling Watch of 2012 and click here for the 2011 watch). 

Date Extraordinary Measure

Headroom Given

Debt (Gross / Subject to Limit)
10/2/2013

Treasury Department Begins to Use Final Extraordinary Measures

The Treasury Department is using its final extraordinary measure, a debt swap with the Federal Financing Bank and and the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund. Treasury still estimates extraordinary measures will be exhausted by October 17, when it will only have $30 billion left on hand. On a related note, a Treasury official said that a short-term shutdown would not affect this date. Read more here and here.

 

$16,747,479/
$16,699,396

9/25/2013

Extraordinary Measures Will Be Exhausted by October 17

A letter from Secretary Lew to Congressional members now estimates that extraordinary measures will be exhausted by October 17. At that time, Treasury estimates the federal government only to have $30 billion of cash on hand, which is well short of net expenditures on certain days. Read more here.

  $16,738,464/
$16,699,396
8/26/2013

Extraordinary Measures to Last Until Mid-October

Secretary Lew sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to address the statutory debt limit before extraordinary measures are exhausted in mid-October. At that point, Lew expects the federal government only to have $50 billion of cash on hand, which will be unable to cover net expenditures for a significant period of time.
Read more here.

  $16,738,450/
$16,699,396
5/20/2013 Debt Issuance Suspension Period for CSRDF

The Treasury Department will enter into a "debt issuance suspension period" from 5/20/2013 through 8/2/2013. The Treasury Department will suspend additional investments to the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund (CSRDF). Additionally, the Treasury will suspend and redeem investments to the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund (PSFHBF).

Measures like this have been used in 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2011, and 2012. Read more here.

$19 billion  $16,737,294/
$16,699,396
5/18/2013

Debt Ceiling Reinstated

The issuance of new debt was temporarily exempted from the debt ceiling due to legislation passed by Congress. That exemption expires May 19, with the debt ceiling automatically raised to incorporate all new debt issued since February 2. The Treasury Department has announced it will again begin to take "extraordinary measures" to create additional headroom, and also announced that it will receive a $60 billion payment from Fannie Mae on June 28. The Treasury Department estimates that these measures will not be exhausted before Labor Day. Read more here.

  $16,737,328/
$16,699,396
2/4/2013

President Obama Signs Bill Extending Debt Ceiling

Today, President Obama signed the bill originally proposed by House Republicans which temporarily exempts all debt issued from now until May 19th from the Debt Ceiling. By signing this bill, the debt ceiling is expected to be hit next in August because of extraordinary measures. The bill also requires that both Houses of Congress pass a budget resolution by April 16th or their pay will be withheld until they do, or the Congressional term ends in 2014. Read more here.

  $16,475,048/ $16,435,279
1/21/2013

House Republicans Release Temporary Debt Ceiling Fix

House Republicans unveiled a temporary debt ceiling fix which would extend Treasury's borrowing authority through May 19th. This measure would exempt debt issued between the date of passage and May 19th from the debt ceiling, but would not raise the actual dollar amount of the debt ceiling. Tied to this measure would be a provision which would temporarily withhold pay from members if no budget is passed. Read more here

 

$16,432,571/
$16,393,975

1/15/2013

Suspension of Investment in G-Fund

The Treasury Department has suspended investments of the Government Securities Investment Fund (G-Fund) of the Federal Employee's Retirement System in interest-bearing securities.

Measures like this have been used in 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2011, and 2012. Read more here.

$156 billion  $16,432,632/ $16,393,975 
1/14/2013

Extraordinary Measures to Last Through Mid-February / Early March

Secretary Geithner has sent a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner detailing the risks of a debt ceiling breach as well as calling on Congress to raise the debt ceiling as soon as possible due to the uncertainty of revenues during tax-filing season. In the letter, Geithner says that Treasury currently has enough borrowing authority, through the use of extraordinary measures, to last between mid-February and early March. Read more here. 

 

$16,432,644/
$16,393,975

12/31/2012

Debt Issuance Suspension Period for CSRDF

The Treasury Department will enter into a "debt issuance suspension period" from 12/31/2012 through 2/28/2013. The Treasury Department will suspend additional investments to the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund (CSRDF). Additionally, the Treasury will suspend and redeem investments to the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund (PSFHBF). 

Measures like this have been used in 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2011. Read more here.

$29 billion  $16,432,730/ $16,393,975
12/31/2012

Statutory Debt Limit Reached

The Treasury Department has said that without taking extraordinary measures, it will exceed the debt ceiling imminently. The debt is now within $25 million of the statutory debt limit. 

  $16,432,730/ $16,393,975
12/28/2012 Final Business Day Before Extraordinary Measures Begin   $16,336,462/ $16,298,022
12/26/2012

Current Debt Limit Said to Last for About Two Months

In a letter to Congress, Secretary Geithner informed its members that the current debt ceiling of $16.394 trillion will be reached on December 31st, 2012 and that the Treasury Department would "begin taking certain extraordinary measures" afterwards. Using these measures will create about $200 billion in headroom, but because of the fiscal cliff, it is not known for how long these would last. Under normal circumstances, this would allow for about two additional months of time. Read more here

   $16,337,860/  $16,299,423

 

Debt Truth

     A recent study by Berkley shows the real debt amount @ $70,000,000,000,000 with future adjustments. Truth is that the USA will never be able to pay this debt back. The plan is for the Rothschild owned Federal Reserve to loan money, out of thin air, with We The People as collateral thus enslaving us all. Our birth certificates are printed on Treasury paper and our Social Security number is our serial number. Having been banned from multiple news sites for telling the truth about the Rothschild Bankster cartel only confirms my observations. 

 

     The only way we will ever have true freedom is to cast off the Fed and imprison the Rothschild mafia returning our nation to sovereign status under Constitutional Law. But Americans are too used to the status quo to learn the truth for themselves. For this, I have no sympathy for what is approaching and how every single citizen will go through hades!

 

     Remember President John F. Kennedy well. He tried to stop this madness and paid the price for his efforts.

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