May 31, 2011 By allowing the vote, the GOP hopes to get Democrats on record as voting to raise the debt ceiling, something that's unpopular with many voters.
May 19, 2011 While policy makers in Washington and financial centers like New York and London and plain old policy wonks worry about when and even if the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt ceiling will be raised, a lot of U.S. voters apparently couldn't care less or are hostile to the idea.
May 16, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of Nation, debt ceiling explainer, and the opinion page looks at Haiti's inauguration. In the second hour, recovering for brain injury, and horse trainer Graham Motion.
May 16, 2011 Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner today told congressional leaders that, as expected, the federal government has hit its $14.3 trillion "debt ceiling." But it can keep running until Aug. 2.
May 10, 2011 Judging by the reported reaction and the bond market Tuesday, Speaker John Boehner's speech to the Economic Club of New York the night before apparently did little to shake Wall Street's confidence that Washington policymakers will, in the end, agree in time to raise the federal debt ceiling.
May 9, 2011 Posturing between Republicans and Democrats over the debt ceiling continued apace Monday. Speaker John Boehner was to say in a New York speech that any debt ceiling increase would require big spending cuts and he suggested a boost might not happen. Democrats charged he was playing with fire.
May 5, 2011 If a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, agreements to raise the federal debt ceiling and on a 2012 budget start with a Thursday meeting, the first of likely many between Vice President Biden and a bipartisan group of lawmakers.
April 27, 2011 President George W. Bush's first Treasury Secretary, Paul O'Neill, pulled no punches in labeling as "our version of al Qaida terrorists" lawmakers who are threatening to not raise the federal debt ceiling. He also called them loonies.
Rep. John Boehner, R-OH, becomes speaker of the House this week.
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January 3, 2011 As a new year kicks off, many eyes are on Washington -- where the new Congress convenes on Wednesday with Republicans in charge of the House and a narrower majority for the Democrats in the Senate. Austerity is the word of the week in D.C.
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