NEW YORK Dec 28 Standard & Poor's Ratings
Services said on Friday it does not expect U.S. lawmakers'
negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff to have an impact
on the sovereign credit ratings of the U.S. federal government.
The credit ratings agency said it believes the same general
conditions under which it downgraded the U.S. credit rating to
AA-plus/A-1+ from AAA in August 2011 continue to exist.
"Our existing negative outlook on the U.S. rating speaks to
the risk of a deliberate further loosening of fiscal policy, for
example, through a material weakening of the Budget Control Act
of 2011 without compensating measures," S&P said in a statement.