Looks like they’ve got a deal to vote on today, just 24 hours ahead of the August 2nd line in the sand.
An overview of the compromise below from Bloomberg:
Lawmakers who were to vote within hours on the measure were just learning its details. It would raise the debt ceiling in two installments, sufficient to serve the nation’s needs into 2013. The framework, as detailed by officials in both parties, would cut $917 billion in spending over a decade, raise the debt limit initially by $900 billion and assign a special congressional committee to find another $1.5 trillion in deficit savings by late November, to be enacted by Christmas.
If Congress met that deadline and deficit target, or voted to send a balanced-budget constitutional amendment to the states, Obama would receive another $1.5 trillion borrowing boost.
In the case of Congress failing to take either step, or not producing debt savings of at least $1.2 trillion, the plan allows the president to obtain a $1.2 trillion debt-ceiling extension. Still, that would trigger automatic spending cuts across the government — including in defense and Medicare — to take effect starting in 2013. The Medicare cuts would only affect provider reimbursements, not benefits.
Dow futures are up 140-ish and Europe rallied all morning. Personally, I’ll not forget the following:
1. Friday’s Q2 GDP report was a miserable 1.3% and the March quarter was also revised lower.
2. Moodys and S&P may act regardless of the extension we’re voting on today. We await the tone of their commentary in either case.