US CEOs warn Congress of potential crisis if debt limit not raised

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US CEOs warn Congress of potential crisis if debt limit not raised

Washington, Sep 16 (IANS) Business Roundtable, an association of over 200 CEOs of America's leading companies, warned Congress of the prospect of an economic crisis if it fails to swiftly raise the debt limit.

"Failure to lift the US federal debt limit to meet US obligations would produce an otherwise avoidable crisis and pose unacceptable risk to the nation's economic growth, job creation and financial markets," the letter, sent on Wednesday, said.

Doug McMillon, chairman of Business Roundtable and president and CEO of Walmart, and Joshua Bolten, president and CEO of Business Roundtable, were among the writers of the letter to congressional leaders.

"An extended period of uncertainty around the debt ceiling poses an even higher risk than usual as America continues to confront economic risk from the pandemic," the executives wrote.

Moreover, erosion of the country's credit position would also result in "permanently higher borrowing costs" for the federal government and American companies, they warned, urging Congress to raise the debt limit "well before the mid-October deadline".

The warning came after Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said last week that the Treasury Department's "extraordinary measures" to temporarily finance the government might be exhausted in October.