White House senior adviser David Plouffe said Thursday the U.S. Treasury Department could provide new guidance on the deadline for raising the debt ceiling as early as Friday.
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But he predicted on NBC's ``Today'' show that new guidance would not alter the Aug. 2 date, by which the Treasury has said the United States could default on debt without a congressional vote to raise the limit.
``The Treasury secretary has said Aug. 2 is the date. I believe they're going to offer some additional guidance maybe as soon as tomorrow or early next week,'' said Plouffe, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama.
But he added: ``There's very little debate. It's not going to change. We are in the danger zone now.''
His comments, coming a day after Obama urged Republicans in Congress to act quickly to reach a deal to raise the U.S. borrowing authority, appeared to suggest that any new statements from the Treasury would reinforce the importance of the Aug. 2 deadline.