Janet Yellen: ‘Irreparable Harm’ to Economy If Debt Ceiling Is Not Raised

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned members of Congress on Friday that if the debt ceiling is not raised, it will risk “irreparable harm to the U.S. economy and the livelihoods of all Americans,” according to the Daily Caller.

In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Yellen expressed that she did not know how long the Treasury Department could keep the United States from defaulting on its obligations, which could result in catastrophic economic consequences. The debt ceiling will expire on August 1.

“In recent years Congress has addressed the debt limit through regular order, with broad bipartisan support,” Yellen writes. “I respectfully urge Congress to protect the full faith and credit of the United States by acting as soon as possible.”

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