Major foreign holders of US debt

By Simon Rogers | Guardian Datablog

The amount of U.S. debt owned by China – the biggest foreign owner of US Treasury Bonds. As of autumn this year, US Treasury bonds owned overseas accounted for $4.7tn of the national debt – up 8% on last year. That’s not everything – the US now owes over $14tn in total.

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Obama’s 2012 Budget Proposal

By Shan Carter and Amanda Cox | The New York Times

Chart shows funds authorized to be spent during fiscal year. It does not show “off-setting receipts” — items like postage stamp sales, park fees, Medicare prescription drug premiums and federal agency contributions to employee retirement plans — that are counted as negative budget authority


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