The U.S. government’s total debt was fast approaching $34 trillion as of Friday afternoon, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Treasury.
The Treasury reported Wednesday that nearly $27 trillion of the total national debt is held by the public.
It comes about six months since congressional Republicans struck a deal with President Biden to raise the debt limit in June.
The fast-paced growth of the national debt has become an increasingly fraught topic on Capitol Hill, Republicans and Democrats agreeing it should be brought under control but differing on how to do it.
The bipartisan debt limit deal suspended the ceiling until January 2025.
At the time the deal was struck, the U.S. debt limit was $31.4 trillion. It hit $32 trillion later that same month.
"The national debt just exceeded $100,000 per citizen. This should send a message to the White House that this reckless federal spending is at a breaking point," Rep. John James, R-Mich., said earlier this month when the grim benchmark was reached.
"It’s a crisis," Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, agreed.
More than three-quarters of registered voters polled by Fox News in December said the economy is not in good shape, with 78% of respondents rating it only fair or poor.
Just 21% of voters said the economy was in good shape.
A majority of people from all parties rated the economy negatively, including 61% of Democrats and 93% of Republicans.
Among the independent voter bloc, which was critical to Biden’s 2024 White House victory, 85% saw the economy in a bad light, according to the poll.
More than three times as many respondents said the Biden administration’s economic policies have hurt them personally as those who have said they've helped.
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