On Saturday in his weekly address, President Obama warned of a 'dangerous game' ahead if Congress resists raising the debt ceiling. US debt has hit the current limit – $16.4 trillion.
President Obama said Saturday that he's willing to compromise with Republicans on taxes and spending cuts in coming months, but will not budge on honoring America's obligations as the national debt this week topped $16.4 trillion – the congressionally set "debt ceiling."
"I will not compromise over ... whether or not Congress should pay the tab for a bill they’ve already racked up," Mr. Obama said in his taped weekly address, his first of the new year. "If Congress refuses to give the United States the ability to pay its bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy could be catastrophic. The last time Congress threatened this course of action, our entire economy suffered for it. Our families and our businesses cannot afford that dangerous game again."
Obama was referring to the 2011 debt-ceiling fight, which was resolved only by creating a set of mandatory spending cuts that were to take effect on Jan. 1, 2013, if Congress could not iron out its partisan differences about how to proceed. Those mandatory spending cuts were part of the “fiscal cliff,” which also included the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts.