Chart of the day: Debt Ceilings – A historical perspective

This comes from the Washington post:

Since 1980, the debt ceiling has been raised 39 times. It was raised 17 times under Ronald Reagan, four times under Bill Clinton and seven times under George W. Bush. Congress is currently in a contentious debate with the White House on whether to raise the ceiling by the Aug. 2 deadline, which would make the fourth raise under Obama.

Debt ceiling by presidency

Source: Who raised the debt ceiling? – Washington Post

We’re now up above $14 trillion (including money held by federal agencies). That’s up from $830 billion the last time a debt ceiling showdown went down to the wire in 1979. In case you were wondering what a trillion dollars looks like, here you go:

100 dollar bill

100 hundreds

100 million
$100 million
1 billion
$1 billion
1 trillion
$1 trillion

Source: What does one TRILLION dollars look like? – PageTutor


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