Democrats and Republicans point fingers as the debt ceiling deadline looms

Posted on AllSides October 6th, 2021
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Congress is running out of time to raise the debt ceiling — the limit on how much money the federal government is able to borrow — before Oct. 18, which is when Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said the country could run out of cash to pay its bills.

Here's everything you need to know about how the debt ceiling works (and what happens if efforts to raise it fail), courtesy of the NPR Politics team.

Senate Republicans know that a debt ceiling bill needs at least 10 GOP votes to pass, but...

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