For more than 40 years the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting full primary documents and excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the world. Each volume includes approximately 70 events with well over 100 documents from the previous year, from official or other influential reports and surveys, to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more.

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Treasury Secretary on the Debt Ceiling: October 1 and 16, 2013

Treasury Secretary on the Debt Ceiling: October 1 and 16, 2013

Treasury secretary on the debt ceiling: October 1 and 16, 2013

Congress's political brinksmanship continued into late 2013, when the nation faced the dual crisis of both a government shutdown due to the lack of a budget agreement to keep the government funded, and the impending government default if Congress failed to act to raise the debt ceiling. On the latter, Democrats refused to allow a bill to be passed that would require additional spending cuts, while Republicans demanded that at least some concessions be made. In the end, the two parties came together to raise the debt ceiling, but only until February 2014, when they would again have to take up the issue. The ...

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