In March the Treasury Department asked Congress to reset the country’s new debt limit at the current level of about $18.1 trillion.
The latest such request came on September 10 and just how big the new raise is going to be remains anyone’s guess.
The Republican majority in the Senate, long critical of the nuclear deal with Iran, has been trying hard to hamstring the Democratic Administration with financial constraints, with House of Representatives’ Republican Speaker John Boehner threatening to use all financial instruments available to prevent the deal from happening.
The US federal debt now stands at $18,150,483,186,000.
At the end of fiscal year 2015 it is expected to reach $21.7 trillion.