The latest discussion all around the country, and here on our site lately focuses on this debt ceiling deal, and where has that debt come from. Late Wednesday, the White House released the following message:
Chances are you’ve caught bits and pieces of the debate over our debt and deficits here in Washington over the past few weeks. It is important to understand what the deficit and debt ceiling debate is all about, so we’ve put together a few resources to help explain how we got here and what needs to happen in the next week.
If you have questions about the ongoing debate, be sure to check a brand new series called White House “Office Hours,” where you can ask senior administration officials your questions about policy issues via Twitter.
Infographic: Where Does Our National Debt Come From?
We put together a graphic that helps explain where our national debt comes from. It shows the impact various policies have had over the past decade, shifting us from projected surpluses to actual deficits and, as a result, running up the national debt.
Check Out White House Office Hours
Starting this week, senior staff at the White House will hold regular “Office Hours” on Twitter, answering your questions in real-time. We held our first Office Hours this past Monday, and you can check out the entire conversation here.
Don’t miss the next Q&A – follow @WhiteHouse for the latest updates and use the hashtag #WHChat to ask administration officials your questions on President Obama’s speech and the ongoing deficit debate.
Here’s the schedule so far:
Thursday, July 28
- 1:00 p.m. EDT: Office Hours with Jason Furman, Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council
- 3:00 p.m. EDT:Office Hours with Brian Deese, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council
Friday, July 29
- 10:00 a.m. EDT:Office Hours with Jason Furman, Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council
- 4:00 p.m. EDT: Office Hours with Brian Deese, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council
Please note that we will do our best to stick to this Office Hours schedule, but times are subject to change.
– Discuss and more on the Thursday Open Line