Standard & Poor affirmed in a Friday release the current AA+/A-1+ rating for U.S. sovereign credit and called the outlook "stable."
Citing a strong economy, policy flexibility and the nation's status as "the issuer of the world's leading reserve currency," S&P said in the release that its rating service affirmed its AA+ long-term and A-1+ short-term unsolicited sovereign credit ratings on the United States.
Additionally. the organization said it could raise the rating to AAA if it saw greater bipartisan efforts to cooperate on fiscal policy and a decrease in government debt. The United States lost the AAA rating in August 2011.