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Correct answer is: $11.3 trillion
As of September 2012, U.S. publicly held debt had reached $11.27 trillion. The U.S. government regularly runs an annual deficit, spending more than it takes in from taxes and other revenue. To make up for that shortfall, the government borrows money, adding to the debt it already owes. Check out an enlarged version of the full infographic to learn more about the federal debt and how it could affect you: http://bit.ly/TnO4mF
Up to Us, a nationwide campus competition created by Net Impact, the Clinton Global Initiative University and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, is an opportunity for students to take action on an issue critical to their future: our federal government’s long-term debt. Following a competitive application process, eleven student teams selected from across the country are designing and running thought-provoking, fun, and impactful campaigns around the effects of rising federal debt on economic opportunity. Their objective is to raise awareness and engage their peers on the issue, making their generation’s voice heard at this critical time. Each team’s campaign will be executed from January 21 to March 1, 2013. Teams’ campaigns will be judged by a panel of experts on their effectiveness and creativity at raising awareness, illustrating students’ personal connection to the issue, and inspiring action on campus and beyond. The winning team will be awarded a $10,000 cash prize and other opportunities in addition to being recognized by President Clinton at Clinton Global Initiative University 2013. Up to Us is a partnership between three nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations dedicated to engaging the next generation of leaders on important issues: Net Impact, CGI U, and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.