“How am I going to make it next month? What does this mean for me and my household?” Miller said.

According to the report, there is no statutory limit on the issuance of new federal debt because the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-56), enacted in September suspended the limit through December 8, 2017. However, beginning December 9, the debt limit will be reset, at which time the Treasury Department will have to begin taking its usual “extraordinary measures” to keep up the government’s frenetic pace of borrowing money.

This explananation should come with a warning that the author prays at the altar of a big nanny government. A more balanced, explanation would also state:

Truly a “grande dame”, Jessye Norman, featured in the Observer profile , speaks eloquently of the “American apartheid” she experienced routinely as a child and as an adult noted in her diary “instances of casual racism”. She gave up when this became too depressing and realised, as she says: “I wasn’t serving any purpose except to make myself sad.”

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One of these measures that is always of interest to federal employees involves borrowing money from the G Fund inside of the Thrift Savings Plan.

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CUT BACK ON GOVERNMENT SPENDING. This can be easily done by cutting the bloated salaries, inefficiencies and misallocation of funding for which governments have been reknowned throughout history.

Heather Stewart is correct that in Simon Wren-Lewis’s article for the New Statesman he argues that the purpose of government policy should be “to increase the welfare of the public” (“Let us applaud Sturgeon and Bennett – but not vote for them”, Business).

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John Swinney has pointed out the errors and the limitations of that forecast. He is the one who has been balancing Scotland’s books since 2007, a far more reassuring performance than George Osborne’s over the last five years. Osborne is the one who has consistently deceived the electorate and is still trying to do so, not the SNP as Stewart would have it.

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“At this school, 90 or better, we’re completely free lunch school,” she said.

Sherri Miller, a school social worker at Thomasboro Academy, said the majority of families she serves receive some type of government aid.

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As the government shutdown enters its second week, the Environmental Protection Agency is set to run out of funds and join the list of agencies affected by the partial closure. The shutdown was precipitated by President Donald Trump’s insistence that he would only sign a Congressional spending bill that includes funds for a wall on the southern border of the US.

While the government officially shut down on December 21, the EPA was able to continue operating because it had saved enough federal funds to carry over into the following week, according to The Huffington Post. Wheeler’s latest message to employees indicates that those funds are running out.

Borrow from IMF. If the government is in financial difficulty it could try and borrow from an international organisation like the IMF (e.g. UK in the 1970s). The IMF may offer a loan for the government to stay afloat in international bond markets, but the loan will usually come with conditions, such as cutting government spending and supply side reforms.

Miller said she stocks her office with uniforms and supplies to help.

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The real answer, as a practical matter, is that nobody knows for sure since it’s not happened before. However, the CBO report said this:

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However, she failed to point out that Wren-Lewis also gave lie to the argument that the government can run out of money to do what is necessary and thereby perpetuates the myth started by Liam Byrne, the former Treasury chief secretary who left a note for his successor, David Laws, saying: “I’m afraid to tell you there’s no money left.” 

Haircut / partial default. If the government is in great financial difficulty it may offer a deal to bond holders that it will pay back a certain percentage, e.g. 50%. In response for writing off 50% of the bond, bondholders may feel it is better to get 50% than nothing. Alternatively, the government may extend the maturity of the bond, e.g. change a 30 year bond into a 45 year bond, to give itself more time to pay it back.

Money creation If there is a Central Bank, the bank can create money in order to be able to pay the bond holders. In periods of uncertainty, having a Central Bank to act as lender of last resort can help provide liquidity and avoid rising interest rates. However, depending on the economic circumstances, there is a limit to how much money the Central Bank can create without causing inflation and other economic problems associated with high levels of inflation.

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The CBO notes in its report that this is indeed one of the measures likely to be taken come December if the debt ceiling is not raised. When this occurs, the Treasury Department suspends reinvestments in the G Fund which are otherwise reinvested daily. Once the debt ceiling is raised, the money is put back into the G Fund, with interest. It is effectively an accounting gimmick used to buy more time until the debt ceiling is raised by Congress and has been done numerous times in the past (for reference, some of the more recent articles we’ve published about this are included at the end of this one).

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Running Out Of Money Government Departments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to run out of money, just one week after President Donald Trump prompted a partial government shutdown.

The Environmental Protection Agency is set to run out of money one week after President Donald Trump refused to sign a spending bill because it lacked $5 billion in funding for his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, prompting a partial government shutdown.  

“In the event an appropriation is not passed by midnight Friday, December 28th, EPA will initiate orderly shutdown procedures,” Wheeler wrote in the email obtained by The Hill and Bloomberg Environment. The EPA did not immediately return HuffPost’s request for comment.

CBO Debt Limit Report, November 2017

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