A two-year shutdown of government shutdowns?

Feb 8, 2018
Congress had to pass a budget bill to avoid a shutdown this week. It also had to lift the debt limit or risk the government running out of money in March. So lawmakers packaged the bills. But they aren’t just…

Tick, tock

Jan 19, 2018
Time is running out to avert a government shutdown.
The U.S. Capitol is seen as lawmakers work to avert a government shutdown today in Washington, D.C.
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Is tying Harvey disaster relief to the debt ceiling opportunistic?

Linking the two could make raising the debt limit more palatable to Congress, but it puts off a painful conversation about spending cuts.
 Rain from Hurricane Harvey falls on a Texas and U.S. flag on Aug. 26, 2017, in Texas City, Texas.
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Debt: Another big congressional battle on the horizon

Jun 29, 2017
The Congressional Budget Office is expected to release a report today on the country’s debt ceiling. The debt limit, which caps the amount the United States can borrow, was reinstated back in March. And the Treasury Department began using what…

To cut or not to cut? The debate over the government’s debt

Jun 1, 2017
There’s a tug of war in the Trump administration over the debt ceiling — specifically, whether Congress should attach spending limits to legislation raising or suspending the ceiling. It limits how much the Treasury Department can borrow to pay its…

3 things you may have missed about Trump's budget

May 25, 2017
A look at how the education system could be impacted and how Trump's voter base might react.
 Copies of President Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget are stacked at the Government Publishing Office in Washington, D.C.
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Weekly Wrap: Jobs report, uncertainty and Janet Yellen

Oct 2, 2015
Cardiff Garcia and Sabri Ben-Achour join Kai Ryssdal to recap the week that was.

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The return of the debt limit

Mar 13, 2015
The federal government begins its almost-annual dance with default on Sunday.

Weekly Wrap: Settling beer bets

Feb 14, 2014
Kai talks to Nela Richardson and Cardiff Garcia. Bets are settled.

House lifts debt ceiling. What does it mean?

Feb 12, 2014
The House voted to increase to the government’s borrowing limit