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Here’s when the government’s bills are due as U.S. tries to avoid default


The US Treasury Department building is seen in Washington, DC, January 19, 2023.Saul Loeb | Afp | Getty ImagesWASHINGTON — The June 1 “X date” is approaching, the earliest the U.S. government could run out of money to pay its bills if leaders do not reach a deal to lift the debt limit.After that date, the Treasury will have to decide which obligations don’t get paid, even as multiple critical bills are due.related investing news 22 hours agoLifting the debt ceiling is necessary for the government to cover spending commitments already approved by Congress and the president — and prevent default. Doing so does not authorize new spending.  President Joe Biden is currently in a standoff with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who has refused to raise the debt limit if Biden and lawmakers do not agree to future spending cuts. McCarthy said he hopes the House will vote on a debt limit bill as soon as next week.The think tank Bipartisan Policy Center modeled the Treasury Department’s cash flow, noting what day bills are paid. The schedule offers a look at the government’s spending priorities as it approaches June 1.The Treasury has taken extraordinary steps to keep paying the government’s bills, and expects to be able to avoid a first-ever default at least until early June. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen demurred when asked in an interview with CNBC this month what bills would be prioritized in the event of a default.Here’s a look at the bills that come due in the first half of June, according to analysis from the Bipartisan Policy Center based on daily and monthly Treasury statements. …

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