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By the numbers: Federal debt, deficit and spending

By Amy Roberts, CNN Library
updated 1:28 PM EDT, Thu August 2, 2012
The national debt's count, pictured here on the national debt clock in February 2012, continues to climb.
The national debt's count, pictured here on the national debt clock in February 2012, continues to climb.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • $15,873,767,378,850.16 - Total outstanding public debt on July 30, 2012
  • 49 - States that require a balanced budget
  • 12 - Consecutive U.S. budgets that have reflected a deficit
  • 11 - Times the US Congress has voted to raise the debt limit since 2001

(CNN) -- Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, agreed to a deal to fund the government past this November's elections. The deal leaves working out a budget up to the next Congress and provides funding for the federal government through March 2013, well beyond the presidential inauguration in January.

By the numbers, here's a look at how the nation's fiscal situation adds up.

$15,873,767,378,850.16 - Total outstanding public debt on July 30, 2012.

$10,626,877,048,913.08 - Total outstanding public debt held on January 20, 2009, the day President Barack Obama was inaugurated.

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$1.047 trillion - Top limit for 2013 government spending.

6 months - Length of a continuing resolution to fund the government, based on a July 31, 2012, agreement by Obama, Boehner and Reid.

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49 - States that require a balanced budget. (Vermont does not.)

$3,277,369.23 - Donations to reduce the public debt received by the U.S. Treasury in 2011.

74 - Percent who said they favor a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget during a July 2011 CNN/ORC poll.

12 - Consecutive U.S. budgets that have reflected a deficit.

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24.1 - Federal spending outlays in 2011 as percentages of the GDP.

8.1 - Percent of the fiscal year 2012 GDP equal to the federal budget deficit, as estimated by the Congressional Budget Office in March 2012.

4 - Number of balanced budgets former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich claimed credit for as House speaker during a January debate in Jacksonville, Florida.

11 - Times the Congress has voted to raise the debt limit since 2001.

$787 billion - Amount of the stimulus bill signed into law by Obama in 2009 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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