Jul 12, 2019

Mnuchin pushes Congress to act on debt ceiling

Steven Mnuchin. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday requested that Congress increase the debt ceiling before its summer recess, suggesting the Treasury could run out of cash sooner than expected.

Why it matters: Mnuchin now says the Treasury Department could run out of cash in early September, before Congress reconvenes — a projection that beats the increasingly frantic predictions of the Bipartisan Policy Center.

  • Global markets tend to react when members of Congress or White House officials float anything other than drama-free debt-ceiling hikes, Axios' Jonathan Swan and Caitlin Owens note.

The state of play: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she wanted to find a solution to raise the debt ceiling before the House leaves for the August break on July 26, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture: The U.S. budget deficit hit $747.1 billion over the first 9 months of the fiscal year, a 23% increase from the same point in 2018, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

Go deeper: What happens if the U.S. can't pay its bills

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A busy week for IPOs despite upheaval from protests and pandemic

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

This week is expected to be the busiest for U.S. IPOs since February, with Warner Music leading a group of four companies that could raise over $3 billion.

Why it matters: This shouldn't be happening, under any traditional rubric for how markets work.

How Big Tech has responded to the protests

A protester holds a sign in downtown Minneapolis to protest the death of George Floyd on May 31. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

An explosive weekend in America sent Silicon Valley grasping for moral clarity. While many companies and executives spoke out against racial inequities, critics and even some of the rank-and-file found some of the companies' responses lacking.

Why it matters: Tech companies have giant platforms, and their leaders have become public figures, many of them household names. History will record their words and actions — which, in the case of platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, directly shape the bounds of public discourse.

Pandemic and protests can't stop the stock market

Traders work on the floor of the NYSE. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

United States equities were on pace to open higher Monday following big gains in Asia and Europe and a risk-on bid in currency markets.

Why it matters: Stock markets could continue to rise despite an unprecedented global pandemic, violent protests over police violence in the U.S. not seen since the 1960s, and spiking tensions between the world's two largest economies.