debt outstanding subject to limitation

obligations incurred by the Treasury subject to the statutory debt limit set by Congress. Until World War 1, a specific amount of debt was authorized for each separate security issue. Beginning with the Second Liberty Loan Act of 1917, the nature of the limitation was modified until, in 1941, it developed into an overall limit on the outstanding Federal debt. The statutory limit may change from year to year. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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