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Who Does America Owe Money: Infographic

David Tobia |
October 14, 2013 | 12:55 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

As October 17 approaches, we continue to hear more rumblings of a willful default on legal payment obligations. The United States owes lots of people, countries and corporations money, but the government cannot pay those bills without Congress' approval of a higher debt ceiling.

October 17 will not actually bring a default, as the United States will use its estimated $30 billion it has on reserve to pay the debts, but without a resolution, the United States will run out of money to pay these debts between October 22 and November 1

READ ALSO: Why The Default Is So Scary

So who will a default hurt? Just about everyone in the United States, but more specifically it will hurt the people who will not get paid. And no, we don't owe all $16.8 trillion to China. In fact, we only owe China $1.3 trillion, while Americans are owed the majority of debt, including $2.6 trillion in Social Security payments. 

The inforgraphic below explains where money would stop flowing in the case of a default.














Also, view the original infographic from NPR for more breakdown of where America has placed its debt.

READ ALSO: Neon Tommy's Coverage Of The Government Shutdown

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