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        The money has already been appropriated for various programs. When the debt ceiling is reached, decisions will have to be made as to which bills are paid and which aren't, which employees are furloughed and which remain at work. Obviously, only the President can make those decisions, unless a law is passed specifying how to do it.  And any such law would be subject to filibuster and veto.

         When the debt limit is reached, the President will effectively have a line-item veto over expenditures he chooses not to prioritize.

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