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What is the U.S. debt ceiling and why it’s important

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The United States’ national debt is set to default on Thursday.

In a letter sent to lawmakers, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned that the U.S. is expected to hit its $31.4 trillion debt limit this week.

Congress is working on the issue, but it remains to be seen if lawmakers on Capitol Hill will actually raise the debt ceiling.

The debt ceiling is the amount of money the U.S. is allowed to borrow to pay for its vast commitments.

Basically, in the U.S., the debt ceiling or debt limit is a legislative limit on the amount of national debt that can be incurred by the U.S. Treasury.

This limits how much money the federal government can pay on the debt they already borrowed.

Currently, the U.S. government borrows large sums of money in order to cover all of its expenses. However, decades ago, Congress created the debt ceiling in an effort to avoid having to approve each new debt individually.

Since then, lawmakers have raised the debt ceiling dozens of times. When this happens—Congress allows the government to take on enough debt to settle the spending obligations it has already made.

If Congress is unable to raise the debt limit in time, the U.S. can only use incoming cash to pay its current commitments which in effect would create a large deficiency.

This is the first debt limit fight since Republicans took control of the House. So far, House Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy has signalled that he might leverage the negotiations in order to secure deep spending cuts.

But President Joe Biden and a Senate controlled by Democrats strongly oppose spending cuts.

Veronica Dudo is the U.S. Correspondent for Ticker News covering America’s biggest headlines. As an Emmy® Award nominated global journalist, Veronica has traveled across the country and around the world reporting on historical events that connect all citizens. Lauded as an award-winning international journalist, Veronica has executed stellar news coverage for NBC News, CBS News, The Hill, ME-TV Network and AOL. Her stories have highlighted a plethora of topics ranging from breaking news and politics to economic affairs across the USA, European Union, and Asia; cultural affairs; globalization; governance; education; and sustainability.

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Survival of the fittest: the future of hospitality demands adaptability

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Exploring the highs and lows of business with a hospitality veteran.

Wyld Money dives into the world of financial freedom. Whether you’re a seasoned investor or just getting started, join us for actionable tips and tricks to unlock your earning potential, and retire on your own terms.

In this episode, Mark is joined by Nick Russian, Managing Director of Russian Entertainment. #wyld money #trending

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Ultra-processed diets could be the hidden path to weight gain

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Understanding calories and their role in dieting on the human body.

Calories, units of energy from food, are vital for bodily functions, and calorie counting helps manage weight by tracking energy intake. However, recent insights reveal that not all calories are equal, and nutritional quality is crucial.

Processed foods, rich in added sugars, unhealthy fats, and sodium, lack essential nutrients, contributing to obesity and diseases.

Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to discuss.

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Online shopping and the pivotal issue of returns continues

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Big businesses are continuing to balance customer expectations and logistics.

While many love the convenience, there are still significant challenges with delivery and returns. From delayed packages to cumbersome return processes, its clear that there’s room for improvement.

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss.

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