The 42 times the debt ceiling has been raised since 1980, in one chart

Now that the House has passed a "clean" debt ceiling increase, it looks like only a matter of time before the Senate signs off and President Obama signs the bill ahead of the Feb. 27 deadline cited by the Treasury.

It would be Obama's sixth debt ceiling increase and the 43rd since 1980. Thanks to an awesome graphic from The Post's Pam Tobey and Darla Cameron, we can see each of the previous 42 instances, along with who was president at the time. Take a look:

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

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