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Straight Talk with Sam by Congressman Sam Graves — What is the debt ceiling?

Over the next month, one topic will dominate the news coming out of Washington. The debate about if and how to raise the debt ceiling will hit a fever pitch as the government runs up against a deadline.

In 1917, Congress capped the amount the government can legally borrow at $11.5 billion. The debt ceiling limit is a lot like your credit card limit. You can borrow only as much

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