CRS on Debt Limit History

For those interested in the history of the debt limit and votes to increase the limit over the past 35 years, there are two Congressional Research Service reports that provide useful background.

Of note, the second report covers 53 debt limit increases since 1978.  Of those, half (26) were “clean” and half (27) were combined with other measures.  The vast majority of the latter increases involved changes to spending, taxes, or entitlements.