US State Debt Hits Record USD 17 T

World | October 19, 2013, Saturday // 14:03
US State Debt Hits Record USD 17 T: US State Debt Hits Record USD 17 T In just one day, the US State debt increased by USD 328 B and has reached the record USD 17.027 T. File photo

For the first time in history, the State debt of the United States has snapped to USD 17.076 T.

The news was reported by The Wall Street Journal, citing the US Department of Treasury.

In just one day, the debt increased by USD 328 B and has reached the record USD 17.027 T.

According to WSJ, the Congress's deal to suspend the government's borrowing limit on Wednesday night has led to the sharp spike in total US debt. This is largely because the Treasury Department had been using emergency steps to prevent the debt from increasing since mid-May, when USD 16.69 T debt ceiling was reached. The deadline to raise it was October 17.

Amid the legislative chaos, the Fitch credit agency warned it could downgrade the US government's AAA rating.

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