The debt limit is confusing and ridiculous. Congress decides what it is going to buy and pay for. Then tells the treasury to pay the bill. The treasury then says they got all the congressional required items but that there isn’t enough money to pay for them. So then they ask Congress to borrow more money to pay a bill they themselves racked up. Then congress toys with the idea of telling the treasury No. Requiring someone to buy for you and then refusing to let them get the money to pay for it because a monetary figure you made up and knew about when you told them to buy it has been reached. You knew how much you were willing to spend, you decided to spend over that and you now have an obligation to pay it, whether you want to or not. And you’re going to. Because you don’t want bad credit ruining the rest of your life. So you put on this show, tell us citizens it’s OUR debt and it’s all because you can’t balance your checkbook and created a “pretend budget “. If you choose to buy it, pay for it. Period. Finally the fact that social security payments is on here as a debt payment is absurd. It was NEVER your money to begin with. You did not ask me to borrow money, you forced me to pay into my retirement. Then instead of keeping my money safe for me, you spent it. It shouldn’t be a debt in need of treasury payment approval. It’s mine to begin with. So yes pay these bills on the list no matter what. But get rid of this ridiculously created fake situation and if you charged more than you meant to, pay it. You are in control of the money. You decided.