August 5, 2011
FILE - This Monday, Aug. 1, 2011 picture shows the U.S. Capitol just after the House voted to pass debt legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington. Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's says it has downgraded the United States' credit rating for the first time in the history of the ratings. The credit rating agency says that it is cutting the country's top AAA rating by one notch to AA-plus. The credit agency said late Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 that it is making the move because the deficit reduction plan passed by Congress on Tuesday did not go far enough to stabilize the country's debt situation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Credit rating agency S&P downgrades US debt from AAA, first debt downgrade in U.S. history. U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss says it is a wake-up call for Washington.