Feb 12, 2014 — The Senate has voted to extend the federal debt limit, giving final congressional approval to a bill that is meant to cover the government's finances into 2015. The measure passed on a 55-43 vote.
Feb 11, 2014 — Congressional reporters quickly note that Rep. Paul Ryan was one of many Republicans who voted "no." The vote came after the Republican majority abandoned its hopes to tie other legislation to the debt measure.
Feb 3, 2014 — Jacob Lew says the limit on borrowing needs to be raised before the end of the month. Otherwise, he warns, the federal government risks defaulting on its debts — and Lew says that could cause serious damage to the economy.
Jan 23, 2013 — The "No Budget, No Pay" act would withhold lawmakers' pay if they don't pass a new budget by April 15. In exchange, Republicans say, the borrowing limit would be extended into May. That would avoid another battle over raising that borrowing ceiling.
Jan 22, 2013 — Republicans, who control the House, plan to vote Wednesday on a debt limit extension that's tied to a call on the Senate to pass a budget that includes cuts in spending.
Jan 10, 2013 — In theory, some say, President Obama could have a $1 trillion coin made and that would head off the next big battle over the federal government's debt ceiling.
Jul 29, 2011 — House Speaker John Boehner will try again to win votes for his debt limit legislation; Norway mourns shooting and bombing victims; tropical storm Don
Jul 27, 2011 — House Republicans delay vote on debt limit plan; mayor of Kandahar murdered; Britain will recognize Libyan rebels as legitimate government; landslide kills at least 32 in South Korea
Jul 25, 2011 — Congressional leaders are writing separate debt plans; a Norwegian judge has closed the initial court appearance of accused mass shooter; same-sex couples start to wed in New York state; Australian Cadel Evans wins Tour de France
Jul 22, 2011 — Debt talks draw fire from Democratic senators; two former News of the World staffers allege James Murdoch misled British lawmakers; there's record heat in the central and eastern U.S.; and the UN calls an emergency meeting to discuss famine and drought in Somali, which rebels say isn't so bad