DeMint Challenges Geithner over Default Risk

Thursday, 26 May 2011 07:08 PM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of 17 Republican senators on Thursday accused Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner of overstating warnings about a U.S. debt default, saying the Treasury could continue to satisfy creditors if it cut back on other spending.

"Even if the debt ceiling remains where it is, there will be more than enough money in the Treasury to make the government's debt payments, thereby avoiding default," the senators, who including banking panel member Jim DeMint, wrote to Geithner.

"It is irresponsible and harmful for you to sow the seeds of doubt in the market regarding the full faith and credit of the United States," they wrote.

The letter mirrored comments made last week by another one of its signatories, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, last week.

Toomey said that while there would be disruptions, failure to raise the debt ceiling by the deadline set by the administration would not be catastrophic.

The Treasury Department on Thursday pointed to a Congressional Research Service report saying the government's failure to pay a big portion of its bills would hurt the economy and could cause investors to lose confidence in U.S. credit, raising borrowing costs substantially.

Republicans in Congress are refusing to raise the $14.3 trillion cap on U.S. borrowing authority unless the White House and Democrats agree to deep spending cuts as part of any increase. Lawmakers from both parties say any rise must be paired with steps to bring stubborn trillion-dollar deficits under control.

The debt limit was reached on May 16. The Treasury is dipping into federal pension funds to pay the country's bills, one of several emergency measures that should stave off a default until early August.

The administration has said a failure to raise the debt ceiling would eventually force the United States to default on obligations -- whether payments to Social Security retirees or interest on the debt. That could push the country back into recession and cause trouble for economies and markets across the globe.

DeMint, Toomey and others argue that if the debt ceiling is not increased, the United States could continue to pay interest on its debt although it might have to curtail other spending. The lawmakers asked Geithner to reassure financial markets by guaranteeing the United States will make its interest payments.

A senior U.S. bank regulator who was appointed by a Republican administration, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp Chairman Sheila Bair, said on Thursday that a technical default would be "calamitous." (Reporting by Mark Felsenthal)

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Mali's Islamists Withdraw Cease-Fire Pledge

Friday, 04 Jan 2013 13:06 PM

Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters rallied in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza on Friday for the first time since they we . . .

Fmr. CIA Director Hayden: Iran Nuclear Crisis Gets 'Scarier'

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 18:11 PM

 . . .

Join Fmr. CIA Director for Special Iran Briefing, Assess the Danger

Friday, 13 Jul 2012 12:27 PM

 . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved