Republican vs Democratic control of Congress Rounded of to the nearest billion 1/22/01 Republican control of Congress...Debt 5,728,000,000,000 to) 1/20/07 Republican control of Congress...Debt 8,675,000,000,000 Increase in National Debt under Rep. Congress 2,947,000,000,000 (6yrs.) 1/21/07 Democratic control of Congress Debt 8,675,000,000,000 to) Pres. National Debt Dem. controlled Congress Debt 12,111,000,000,000 Increase in National Debt under Dem. Congress 3,436,000,000,000 (3yrs.) http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/ Since Congress controls spending, the only fair way to attribute a rise in national debt is to Congress. For some reason you may want to blame the President but the fact remains Congress spends the money.