Debt Limit Photos on Townhall

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              FILE - In an April 16, 2013, file photo Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Budget Committee.  Congress needs to raise the debt limit an

    FILE - In an April 16, 2013, file photo Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Budget Committee. Congress needs to raise the debt limit an

    Posted: 7/28/2013 3:18:30 PM EST
    FILE - In an April 16, 2013, file photo Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Budget Committee. Congress needs to raise the debt limit and take away the "cloud of uncertainty" about the nation's ability to pay its bills, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said in an interview broadcast Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, file)
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              FILE - In this June 20, 2013, file photo House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio responds to media questions at a Capitol Hill news conference in Washington, where he addressd immigration re

    FILE - In this June 20, 2013, file photo House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio responds to media questions at a Capitol Hill news conference in Washington, where he addressd immigration re

    Posted: 6/22/2013 8:58:49 AM EST
    FILE - In this June 20, 2013, file photo House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio responds to media questions at a Capitol Hill news conference in Washington, where he addressd immigration reform legislation, jobs, and President Barack Obama's plan to set limits on the carbon emissions of existing power plants. House Republicans are rebelling against the key recommendation of a party-sanctioned post-mortem: embrace “comprehensive immigration reform” or suffer crippling losses among Hispanic voters in 2016 and beyond. This week they invited renewed Democratic taunts of a “war against women” by passing the most restrictive abortion measure in years, and threaten to refuse to raise the federal debt limit later this year if Obama won’t accept spending cuts he staunchly opposes. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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              FILE - This Nov. 28, 2012 file photo shows House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. walking on Capitol Hill in Washington.  House Republicans say they may seek a short-ter

    FILE - This Nov. 28, 2012 file photo shows House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. walking on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Republicans say they may seek a short-ter

    Posted: 1/17/2013 3:23:32 PM EST
    FILE - This Nov. 28, 2012 file photo shows House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. walking on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Republicans say they may seek a short-term extension of the government's debt limit in the next few weeks, a move that would avoid an immediate default by the Treasury. Ryan provided no details on the duration of any extension or conditions that might be attached as he appeared at a news conference during a break at a three-day retreat of the rank and file in historic Williamsburg, Va. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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              President Barack Obama walks towards the podium before speaking about the debt limit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez

    President Barack Obama walks towards the podium before speaking about the debt limit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez

    Posted: 1/14/2013 5:53:37 PM EST
    President Barack Obama walks towards the podium before speaking about the debt limit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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              President Barack Obama speaks about the debt limit during the final news conference of his first term in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.  (AP Phot

    President Barack Obama speaks about the debt limit during the final news conference of his first term in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Phot

    Posted: 1/14/2013 5:33:25 PM EST
    President Barack Obama speaks about the debt limit during the final news conference of his first term in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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              President Barack Obama speaks about the debt limit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    President Barack Obama speaks about the debt limit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Posted: 1/14/2013 2:18:25 PM EST
    President Barack Obama speaks about the debt limit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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              President Barack Obama speaks about the debt limit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    President Barack Obama speaks about the debt limit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Posted: 1/14/2013 11:58:21 AM EST
    President Barack Obama speaks about the debt limit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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              President Barack Obama speaks about the debt limit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    President Barack Obama speaks about the debt limit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Posted: 1/14/2013 11:58:21 AM EST
    President Barack Obama speaks about the debt limit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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              FILE - In this Thursday, July 26, 2012, file photo,Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Banking Committee hearing: "The Financi

    FILE - In this Thursday, July 26, 2012, file photo,Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Banking Committee hearing: "The Financi

    Posted: 12/26/2012 5:03:23 PM EST
    FILE - In this Thursday, July 26, 2012, file photo,Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Banking Committee hearing: "The Financial Stability Oversight Council Annual Report to Congress." The U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, it will begin taking steps this week to delay hitting the government's $16.4 trillion borrowing limit. Without those steps, the debt limit would be hit on Dec. 31. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says in a letter to congressional leaders that the department will take several accounting measures to save approximately $200 billion beginning next year. The government borrows about $100 billion a month, so that would (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)
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    Posted: 5/15/2012 9:30:46 PM EST
    FILE - In this July 27, 2011, file photo Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., from left, Rep. John Sullivan, R-Okla., and Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., confer in a hallway as Speaker of the House John Boehner tries to retool legislation to raise the nation's debt limit at the Capitol in Washington. Since his first House campaign a dozen years ago, Flake has worked diligently to cast himself as a conservative gadfly, willing to buck GOP leaders and even a Republican president. But a GOP primary opponent and Democrats are portraying him as a Washington insider, who should not get to succeed retiring Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., because he worked as a lobbyist 20 years ago for a Namibian uranium operation with ties to Iran. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
  •  - President Barack Obama meets with House Speaker John Boehner about the debt limit in Washington

    President Barack Obama meets with House Speaker John Boehner about the debt limit in Washington

    Posted: 2/29/2012 4:50:25 PM EST
    President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner sit during a meeting about the debt limit at the White House in Washington, July 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
  •  - A man dressed as Captain America poses as dozens of Tea Party supporters rally near the U.S. Capitol against raising the debt limit

    A man dressed as Captain America poses as dozens of Tea Party supporters rally near the U.S. Capitol against raising the debt limit

    Posted: 12/15/2011 6:38:49 AM EST
    A man dressed as Captain America poses as dozens of Tea Party supporters rally near the U.S. Capitol against raising the debt limit in this July 27, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files
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    To match Special Report CAMPAIGN/TEAPARTY

    Posted: 12/15/2011 12:28:30 AM EST
    A man dressed as Captain America poses as dozens of Tea Party supporters rally near the U.S. Capitol against raising the debt limit in this July 27, 2011 file photo. Tea Party supporters now hold fewer sign-waving rallies, a hallmark of their early opposition to bank bailouts and U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform in 2009. But the movement isn't losing steam. Picture taken July 27, 2011. To match Special Report CAMPAIGN/TEAPARTY REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS CIVIL UNREST)
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    To match ASIA CORPORATE SURVEY

    Posted: 9/13/2011 10:42:14 PM EST
    A foreign exchange broker talks on a phone in front of a television screen showing a file video footage of U.S. President Barack Obama during a news report of the passing of the debt limit bill to ward off the risk of a debt default, at a dealing room in Tokyo in this August 2, 2011 file photo. Sentiment at Asia's top companies fell in the third quarter, hitting its lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2009 as doubts about the strength of the global economy weighed, a Reuters survey showed. Weak U.S. economic data, a debt crisis in the euro zone and worries about inflation and tighter monetary policy in Asia have clouded the outlook for the global economy, denting sentiment across the board. To match ASIA-COMPANIES/SENTIMENT REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS)
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    Posted: 8/15/2011 11:35:51 AM EST
    In this photo taken Aug. 11, 2011, President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at Johnson Controls Inc., in Holland, Mich. Positioning himself on the side of the public and against a Congress with abysmal approval ratings after the bitter debt limit fight, Obama said in his weekly radio and internet address Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, "I don't think it's too much for you to expect that the people you send to this town start delivering." "Members of Congress are at home in their districts right now. And if you agree with me - whether you're a Democrat or Republican - or not much of a fan of either - let them know," he said. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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    Posted: 8/2/2011 12:10:45 AM EST
    An employee of a foreign exchange firm monitors screens, with a television news reports that President Barack Obama announced U.S. debt limit deal, in Tokyo, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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    Posted: 8/1/2011 3:55:45 PM EST
    In this photo taken July 24, 2011, the Cadillac logo is seen at an auto dealership in Springfield, Ill. U.S. sales of new cars and light trucks are expected to rise only slightly in July, as the debate over the debt limit and other economic worries kept buyers at home. Automakers are scheduled to report July sales starting around 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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    Posted: 8/1/2011 7:00:52 AM EST
    Money traders work at a foreign exchange market in Tokyo Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. Asian stock markets jumped Monday after U.S. President Barack Obama announced a last-minute agreement to raise the government's debt limit and avoid a default. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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    Posted: 8/1/2011 7:00:51 AM EST
    Employees of a foreign exchange firm monitor screens, with a television news reports that President Barack Obama announced U.S. debt limit deal, in Tokyo, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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    Posted: 8/1/2011 7:00:49 AM EST
    Employees of a foreign exchange firm monitor screens, with a television news reports that President Barack Obama announced U.S. debt limit deal, in Tokyo, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)