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Another $2 Trillion in Debt, Please

Treasury has told members of congress it will require a roughly $2 trillion increase to the federal debt limit to ensure the government can keep borrowing through the 2012 president election, Reuters reports:

Obama administration officials have repeatedly said that it is up to Congress to decide by how much the $14.3 trillion debt limit should be raised.

But when lawmakers asked how much of an increase would be needed to meet the government’s obligations into early 2013, Treasury officials floated the $2 trillion working figure, Senate and administration sources told Reuters.

Meanwhile, Republicans have requested a specific debt limit proposal from the White House ahead of tomorrow’s summit on deficit reduction led by Vice President Joe Biden.

Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...


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