Since 1980, the debt ceiling has been raised 39 times. It was raised 17 times under Ronald Reagan, four times under Bill Clinton and seven times under George W. Bush. Congress is currently in a contentious debate with the White House on whether to raise the ceiling by the Aug. 2 deadline, which would make the fourth raise under Obama. Correction: A previous version of this graphic switched the colors for Democrats and Republicans in the House.

Tobey / The Washington Post July 14, 2011
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