The fiscal fights of the Obama administration

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

The Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections touched off a series of budgetary battles between the White House and congressional Republicans that would rage on for the rest President Obama’s presidency. These “fiscal fights” included:

  • Arguments over how federal resources should be raised and spent, including debates over tax cuts, sequestration, and government shutdowns (labeled “Fiscal”)
  • Disagreements over whether to raise the debt ceiling (labeled “Debt Ceiling”)
  • Clashes that brought both sets of conflicts together, as when Republicans used the debt ceiling to demand fiscal cuts, leading to the Budget Control Act of 2011 (labeled “Debt/Fiscal”)

We recap these important fiscal fights that did so much to define American politics over the last six years in the timeline below.

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