US Nation­al Debt Sur­pass­es $33T For First Time In His­to­ry

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America’s gross nation­al debt sur­passed $33 tril­lion for the first time in U.S. his­to­ry on Mon­day as Wash­ing­ton, D.C., faces a poten­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down over fed­er­al spend­ing.
Data report­ed­ly pub­lished by the Trea­sury Depart­ment showed the nation­al debt — which mea­sures how much the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment owes secu­ri­ty hold­ers — hit $33.04 tril­lion, just months after it eclipsed $32 tril­lion in mid-June.
Maya MacGuineas, pres­i­dent of the Com­mit­tee for a Respon­si­ble Fed­er­al Bud­get, said in a news release that the lat­est num­bers reached “a new mile­stone that no one will be proud of.”
“Debt held by the pub­lic, mean­while, recent­ly sur­passed $26 tril­lion,” MacGuineas said. “We are becom­ing numb to these huge num­bers, but it doesn’t make them any less dan­ger­ous.”
The Con­gres­sion­al Bud­get Office conf …