ABC’s Dan Arnall ( @abcmoneyguy ) reports:
The current U.S. national debt is 14.271 trillion as of the end of the day, according to Treasury’s daily statement.
That’ just $23.357 billion - 0.16% - from the nation’s debt ceiling of $14.294 trillion.
To put that in perspective, it’s like having $16 in available credit left on a credit card with a $10,000 credit line.
Today’s number is a bit better than yesterday’s as the government reduced the amount of debt it owes itself – probably paying back a bit of its borrowing from the Social Security Trust Fund (~$9.5 billion), thus reducing the “intragovernmental holdings”.