Day of Debt Deal U.S. Posted Largest One-Day Debt Hike Ever

Katie Pavlich
Posted: Aug 04, 2011 11:32 AM

Great news! On the same day President Obama signed the new debt deal into law, which according to the CATO Institute doesn't cut federal spending at all, U.S. debt shot up to a new record high.

U.S. debt shot up $239 billion on Tuesday — the largest one-day bump in history — as the government flexed the new borrowing room it earned in this week’s debt-limit increase deal.

The debt subject to the statutory limit shot way past the old cap of $14.294 trillion to hit $14.532 trillion on Tuesday, according to the latest the Treasury Department figures, which are released on the next business day.

That increase puts the government already remarkably close to the new debt limit of $14.694, which means one day’s new borrowing ate up 60 percent of the $400 billion in space Congress granted the president this week.

Debt numbers go up and down regularly, depending on what the Treasury Department is redeeming or issuing on any day, but have been on a steep upward trend for the past decade as spending has ballooned and revenues have fluctuated.

We have a deal! Now onto the economic collapse. To top it off, as Elisabeth reported yesterday, the U.S. is now borrowing at 100 percent of GDP.