The politicization of the debt ceiling, in one chart

The requirement of congressional approval for the U.S. Treasury to raise the total amount the government is permitted to borrow has become the focus of a bitter political clash between the Obama administration and the GOP over spending priorities. The chart below demonstrates how a once-routine act of Congress has become a “political weapon,” according to Louis Fisher, who focused on the separation of powers during his more than three decades at the Congressional Research Service.

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The politicization of the debt ceiling, in one chart

The requirement of congressional approval for the U.S. Treasury to raise the total amount the government is permitted to borrow has become the focus of a bitter political clash between the Obama administration and the GOP over spending priorities. The chart below demonstrates how a once-routine act of Congress has become a “political weapon,” according to Louis Fisher, who focused on the separation of powers during his more than three decades at the Congressional Research Service.

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