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Debt limit

The maximum amount that a municipality can borrow.

Debt Ceiling

The maximum amount that a government can borrow. The term especially applies to municipalities; rising above the debt ceiling may trigger a reduction it a municipality's credit rating. Cities and other local governments that are near the debt limit may issue participation certificates--a right to the receivables for a certain project--instead of direct debt. The United States also has a national debt ceiling, but Congress simply raises it every time the national debt approaches the ceiling.

debt limit

The statutory maximum amount of debt that a municipality may have outstanding.
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The statutory debt limit restricts the funds that can be borrowed to meet the government's financial obligations.
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4 trillion federal debt limit quickly, warning that benefits that the elderly and military veterans rely on will be affected if they don't and cautioning Republicans not to insist on cuts to government spending in exchange.