American politics 2023: The statutory debt ceiling is raised?
resolved Jun 11

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@itsTomekK This should resolve YES, Matthew Yglesias confirmed that he indeed counts suspension as raising (unsurprisingly).

Was the debt ceiling raised? I believe it was suspended!

predicted YES

@SuperTaxGenius There is an argument to be made, that suspension is a temporary "raise to infinity", which was the logic behind a bunch of similar markets.

predicted YES

@MayMeta tomek has a lot of markets to resolve

@MayMeta I think these resolve based on what Matt Yglesias says at the end of the year

predicted YES

@MarcusAbramovitch you can tell me which ones

@itsTomekK this one, the Celtics one etc.

While this could still resolve YES if the debt ceiling is reinstated this year, then raised, so far it has been suspended only, and not raised, which does not meet the requirements for YES.

predicted NO

@JimHays I suspect that Matt Yglesias is not going to be caring about the strict wording when deciding how this resolves, but that's a good point. I'd guess that 97% is about right?

predicted YES

@Gabrielle it shouldn't resolve YES yet?

predicted NO

@itsTomekK The ceiling wasn’t raised. It was suspended, which while having a similar impact, is a distinct action. Most markets about the debt ceiling specified in the resolution criteria that raising or suspending the ceiling would count the same way, but this one didn’t.

@JimHays Pretty sure this is included in what Yglesias meant by "raised". And I'll keep betting on it if others are less sure.

@jack I’m also pretty sure, but my pretty sure is 97%, so I’ll take the NO bet. 😃

@Gabrielle Someone can always reach out to Matthew Yglesias and ask him directly if he considers the debt limit suspension to be a special case of a debt limit raise, and if he says yes, then there will be absolutely no reason to keep this market opened for the rest of the year.

predicted NO

@MayMeta Agreed, if he were to confirm either way then we could resolve early.

predicted NO

@Gabrielle Do these markets resolve based off Matt's judgement or Tomek's?

predicted NO

@SemioticRivalry I assumed Matt’s, but it’s up to Tomek.

predicted YES

@Gabrielle I would rather wait for the consensus. As I understand, the statutory debt ceiling was not raised - which still can be confirmed by ie. paying off some debt and ending the suspension, reverting back to old debt ceiling, right?

The way I look at it, suspension is equivalent to temporarily raising it to infinity for the next two years.

@itsTomekK There is no realistic world in which they would end the suspension early; and if they did, there's no particular reason to revert to the old debt ceiling rather than any other number.

predicted NO

@itsTomekK I specifically bet more on this market because it did not include suspension.

What happens on suspension?