May 20, 2022

Reference: Congressional Research Service Report on the History of the U.S. Debt Limit

Stephen Aftergood at the Federation of American Scientist has posted a recently updated Congressional Research Service report about the debt limit, a topic that will be getting a lot of attention in the next few months. It’s an item you might want to know about and perhaps add to a local collection or LibGuide.

The report is titled, “The Debt Limit: History and Recent Increases” and runs 37 pages (PDF) and written by D. Andrew Austin and Mindy R. Levit, analysts in public finance at CRS. It several tables and numerous citations to primary documents.

On a related note, FreeGovInfo has shared a link to a useful chart from the The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget containing savings and costs info in the fiscal cliff package.

You can access the chart and analysis here.

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