A recent history of America’s debt ceiling, in one interactive graphic

Congress and the White House are facing a looming October deadline when the nation's borrowing limit will be reached. As Republicans and Democrats jockey for  position in the debt ceiling talks, it's worth looking back at all the times the debt ceiling has been raised in recent decades.

Thanks to the fantastic Washington Post interactive graphic below (courtesy of Pam Tobey and and Darla Cameron) we can do just that. If lawmakers and the White House can reach an agreement to raise the debt ceiling this fall, it will be the 40th time the limit was raised since 1980.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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