Things will get ugly if Congress doesn't approve a debt ceiling increase in three days. Here's how it would affect you.
Congress has never willfully let the United States default on any of its legal obligations. So it's impossible to say with certainty what will happen if lawmakers don't approve a debt ceiling increase soon.
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