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America’s Credit Rating Downgraded to AA+

August 06
01:21 2011
Huffington Post reports:

Credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s on Friday downgraded the United States’ credit rating first time in the history of the ratings.

The credit rating agency said that it is cutting the country’s top AAA rating by one notch to AA-plus. The credit agency said that it is making the move because the deficit reduction plan passed by Congress on Tuesday did not go far enough to stabilize the country’s debt situation.
A source familiar with the discussions said that the Obama administration feels the S&P’s analysis contained “deep and fundamental flaws.”
S&P said that in addition to the downgrade, it is issuing a negative outlook, meaning that there was a chance it will lower the rating further within the next two years. It said such a downgrade to AA would occur if the agency sees less reductions in spending than Congress and the administration have agreed to make, higher interest rates or new fiscal pressures during this period.

This is partly due to the Republican’s refusal to raise revenue through higher taxes.

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