December 24th, 2009
08:56 AM ET
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Senate votes to hike debt limit by $290 billion

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Debt has more than doubled since 2000."]New York ( - With the federal government inching close to the debt ceiling, the Senate on Thursday passed a $290 billion increase to the amount of debt the Treasury is allowed to have.

The 60-39 vote follows House approval earlier this month of the same measure. President Obama is expected to sign the bill soon.

The new law raises the debt ceiling to $12.394 trillion from $12.104 trillion.

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As of Tuesday, the amount of debt subject to the limit on Treasury's books was $12.04 trillion, just $64 billion below the limit.

The increase is estimated to cover Treasury's borrowing needs through mid-February.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. snood

    2 months only that is nuts how they keep spending and taking our money .it NEEDS TO STOP SOMEWHERE>

    December 24, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  2. Dar

    Great, spending us into a death sprial and then pass the health bill all in one day. We are in so much trouble people, I wish everyone would speak up and not just some of us.

    December 24, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. Stuart, Daytona Beach FL

    This article is WORTHLESS: SHOW US WHO VOTED YES!!!!!!

    December 24, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  4. Carl Abernathy

    Just what is the debt limit that the democraps will eventually set? 100 trillion? Where will all that money come from? China? I think not.
    This is what you voted for America, spend/spend/spend and tax/tax/tax. America is going down the tubes. We will soon be borrowing from Brazil.

    December 24, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  5. Kevin in Ohio

    They just cant stop can they? The theft of our children's future continues.

    December 24, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Congress again can not find a way to cut spending and taxing so they have decided to increase the debt.

    December 24, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. Fed Up

    Why are we increasing the deficit? The health care measure is going to be reducing the deficit. Remember?

    December 24, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. Tim

    Did Obama mention that this was unprecedented?

    December 24, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Mike in Indiana

    When will we ever learn to spend less than we make!!! This debt is insane!

    December 24, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. alvinmurphy422

    this will be an election issue.

    endless spending on political influenced projects.

    December 24, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Chad

    So if I max out my credit card I am allowed to just raise the limit? Sweet!!!

    December 24, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. southerncousin

    I hear it will more than double that by the time we can vote this idiot out of office in 2012. I'm sure we could charge him with treason and for failing to uphold his constitutional duties and impeach him before then, but the liberals in Congress will protect him (and themselves) until they are booted out in 2010.

    December 24, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Ken in NC

    The House and Senate voted to raise the debt . I wonder, if living alone and not needing the vote(s) of anyone else in my household, I can raise my debt ceiling when my checking account is about at it's limits? If the nation can do it then the citizens should be able to do it too. Either we should be able to do that or maybe use our computer printers to print up the money we need untill better times come around. On second thought, maybe it is not such a good idea seeing how I will have to pay down the debt limit back to it's original position which was one where I don't spend more than I make.

    WOW. If I can figure that out in a matter of a seconds, I wonder why all those smart "Ladies and Gentlemen" in the Senate and House can't figure it out. Maybe we should send them an email. Maybe they can't read or flunked math in elementary school or did they even manage to graduate from the third grade. Their actions give me cause to wonder.

    December 24, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Merry Christmas Everyone

    Let's take a brief Ross Perot moment here and look at that graph of the national debt under the Republican led, George Bush era. Seven trillion in new debt and funding for two wars is not even on the books. The Democratic Party is tax and spend. The Republican Party is borrow, spend and fund the wealthy.

    December 24, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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