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The Best Resources For Understanding The Debt Ceiling

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We don’t have much time until the United States runs up against the federal debt ceiling.

Here are a few related resources that might be useful (you might also be interested in The Best Resources To Help Understand The Federal Government Shutdown):

The Associated Press has a short video.

Interactive | Debt Ceiling 101: A look at the nation’s balance sheet

What’s up with the debt ceiling? is a CNN slideshow.

A recent history of America’s debt ceiling, in one interactive graphic is from The Washington Post.

History lesson: Why did Congress create a national debt limit? is from The Washington Post.

Everyone The U.S. Government Owes Money To, In One Graph is from NPR.

Foreign Holdings Of U.S. Debt is a Washington Post infographic.

Republicans and Obama in debt crisis talks is a Breaking News English lesson.

Here’s a video from The Washington Post:

Here’s a video from The New York Times:

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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  1. I would highly recommend looking at recent Congressional Research Service reports (made for Congress) on the Debt Ceiling:
    The Debt Limit: History and Recent Increases:
    Reaching the Debt Limit: Background and Potential Effects on Government Operations:
    Votes on Measures to Adjust the Statutory Debt Limit, 1978 to Present:

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