U.S. Hits the Debt Limit, and More from CRS

03.16.15 | 1 min read | Text by Steven Aftergood

The U.S. Government reached the statutory debt limit today, exhausting its normal ability to borrow money. In order to meet the government’s financial obligations, the Secretary of the Treasury must now take certain extraordinary measures. A newly updated report from the Congressional Research Service provides background on federal debt policy and explains the current state of affairs.  See The Debt Limit Since 2011, March 9, 2015.

Other new or newly updated CRS reports that Congress has withheld from public distribution include the following.

Internet Domain Names: Background and Policy Issues, March 6, 2015

Internet Governance and the Domain Name System: Issues for Congress, March 6, 2015

Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate, March 9, 2015

The Federal Budget: Overview and Issues for FY2016 and Beyond, March 6, 2015

OSC Rule Seemingly Expands Federal Contractor Whistleblower Rights, CRS Legal Sidebar, March 11, 2015

Scientific Basis of Environmental Protection Agency Actions: H.R. 1029 and H.R. 1030, CRS Insights, March 11, 2015

Prevalence of Mental Illness in the United States: Data Sources and Estimates, March 9, 2015

Health Care for Veterans: Traumatic Brain Injury, March 9, 2015

U.S. Circuit and District Court Nominations During President Obama’s First Six Years (2009-2014): Comparative Analysis with Recent Presidents, March 9, 2015

Federal Grants to State and Local Governments: A Historical Perspective on Contemporary Issues, March 5, 2015

The European Capital Markets Union, CRS Insights, March 11, 2015

Cyprus: Reunification Proving Elusive, March 6, 2015

Northern Ireland: The Peace Process, March 11, 2015

China-U.S. Trade Issues, March 9, 2015

Navy Irregular Warfare and Counterterrorism Operations: Background and Issues for Congress, March 4, 2015

Iran Sanctions, March 9, 2015