"I cannot guarantee that those cheques go out on Aug. 3 if we haven't resolved this issue," Obama said about the effects of the debt on pending social security, veteran and disability aid in a CBS interview on Tuesday evening.
Call it the shot heard 'round the world, but neither the White House nor House Speaker John Boehner are dismissing a backup plan to raise the government's borrowing authority as President Barack Obama and his GOP rivals head into another deficit-cutting meeting today.
Obama declared he would reject any stopgap extension of the nation's borrowing limit and warned lawmakers that elderly Americans could suffer first if a debt ceiling compromise is not reached.Read more As Talks Stall, New Debt Plan Offered McConnell Offers ~Last Choice TM Debt Option Just what is the federal debt ceiling?
The Associated Press reports that Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell offered a backup plan that would, in effect, guarantee Obama requests for new government borrowing authority unless Congress musters veto-proof majorities to deny him. There's stiff opposition among tea party conservatives.
If a deal is not reached by Aug. 2, the U.S. Treasury will run out of money to pay all of the country's bill.
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(The Associated Press contributed to this report)