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'Fiscal Cliff': Geithner says US to hit debt ceiling on Monday

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the government is poised to hit the $16.4 trillion debt limit and has launched an emergency plan to avoid the US from exceeding its borrowing limit.

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. (Alex Wong/AFP/Getty Images)

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the US government is poised to hit the $16.4 trillion debt limit on December 31 and that his team put in place a plan two months ago to avoid a crisis.

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CNN reported Geithner sent a letter to Congress on Wednesday explaining the US is expected to hit the debt ceiling on Monday.

The Treasury Department will soon start enacting "extraordinary measures" to prevent the government from exceeding the legal borrowing limit, CNN wrote.

Each month, the government borrows about $100 billion, Fox News said. The Treasury department's plan will help Washington save $200 billion starting on the 1st of January but will only be in a place a few weeks.

CNN reported that before the budget negotiations broke down "Republican House Speaker John Boehner had offered President Obama a debt ceiling increase for a year."

Obama is currently on his way back to Washington to resume negotiations with lawmakers this week.

Fox News said the Treasury Secretary said the current negotiations make it "difficult to predict" how long it will be before he can delay the US from reaching its borrowing limit.

 

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