"As the President has said, now that the latest debt ceiling crisis is behind us, it is necessary to explore all legal and policy options to prevent Congress from ever again holding hostage the full faith and credit of the United States," it said in a statement.
The administration’s Debt Ceiling Working Group will “analyze the economic and financial harms associated with debt ceiling brinkmanship,” draw lessons from other countries’ experiences and offer recommendations to avert any future debt ceiling logjams, the White House said.
Earlier this year, Biden and Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy struck a deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling, averting a debt default that experts warned would have upended the global economy. Some Republicans had said any legislation raising the country's credit limit should pass in tandem with spending cuts, while most Democrats insisted on a "clean" debt ceiling increase.
The White House did not say in its statement whether its group would endorse that proposal, although it did say the panel would examine "other approaches to avoiding a future crisis absent congressional action" — potentially a dog bone to some Democrats who had implored Biden to lift the debt ceiling by invoking the 14th Amendment of the Constitution during the last impasse.
The working group will be co-chaired by White House counsel Stuart Delery and Assistant to the President and Director of the National Economic Council Lael Brainard, the White House said, and it will include Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Attorney General Merrick Garland, Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young, and Council of Economic Advisers Chair Jared Bernstein.
The panel will also "consult with experts outside the government in a range of fields, including law, economics, and history," it added.
The debt ceiling deal the two sides struck in May followed months of political mudslinging and weeks of frenzied negotiations.
It also faced opposition from some Democrats, who balked at the added work requirements and nondefense spending cuts.