Ben Bernanke prods Congress to raise debt ceiling
Fed chief Ben Bernanke said that it's important that Congress raises the nation's debt ceiling.
WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, shown above, says it's important that Congress raise the nation's borrowing limit before the Treasury runs out of maneuvering room to avoid a potential default on U.S. debt.
Bernanke, speaking at the University of Michigan, says the approaching debt limit is one of the “critical fiscal watersheds” for the government in coming weeks.
President Barack Obama also spoke Monday about the urgency of raising the limit. Obama said he wouldn't let congressional Republicans use the debt limit as leverage in negotiations over spending cuts.
Bernanke said Congress should raise the ceiling to “avoid a situation where our government doesn't pay its bills.”
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