Federal debt limit of the United States 1940-2017

Statutory limits on Federal debt of the United States from 1940 to 2017 (in billion U.S. dollars)

Federal debt limit of the United States 1940-2017 This graph shows the statutory debt limit on federal debt of the United States of America from 1940 to 2017. On September 8, 2017 the debt limit was raised to 20.46 trillion U.S. dollars.
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Statutory limits on Federal debt of the United States from 1940 to 2017 (in billion U.S. dollars)

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YearDebt limit in billion U.S. dollars
1940 (June)49
1945 (April)300
1954 (August)281
1960 (June)293
1965 (June)328
1970 (June)395
1975 (November)595
1980 (December)935.1
1985 (December)2,078.7
1990 (November)4,145
1996 (March)5,500
2002 (June)6,400
2006 (March)8,965
2010 (February)14,294
2011 (August)*16,394
2013 (February) - Suspended**16,699.4
2015 (November) - Suspended***18,113
2017 (March) - Suspended***19,808.8
2017 (September)20,456
YearDebt limit in billion U.S. dollars
1940 (June)49
1945 (April)300
1954 (August)281
1960 (June)293
1965 (June)328
1970 (June)395
1975 (November)595
1980 (December)935.1
1985 (December)2,078.7
1990 (November)4,145
1996 (March)5,500
2002 (June)6,400
2006 (March)8,965
2010 (February)14,294
2011 (August)*16,394
2013 (February) - Suspended**16,699.4
2015 (November) - Suspended***18,113
2017 (March) - Suspended***19,808.8
2017 (September)20,456
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This graph shows the statutory debt limit on federal debt of the United States of America from 1940 to 2017. On September 8, 2017 the debt limit was raised to 20.46 trillion U.S. dollars.
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