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About 40 percent of debt limit increases have been used to settle other policy fights

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About 40 percent of the debt limit increases that have taken place since 1917 included extraneous fiscal policy issues, according to a Congressional Research Service memorandum chronicling the history of Congress using the debt limit as an opportunity to achieve policy goals. "Of the 103 laws changing the debt limit during this period, 39 laws also included such other provisions," the CRS...

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