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IMF's Lagarde: 'Massive Disruption' If Debt Ceiling Isn't Lifted

Sunday, 13 Oct 2013 12:35 PM

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the congressional deadlock over the U.S. debt ceiling is threatening the U.S. and world economies and cautioned against “creative accounting” to avoid default.

“If there is that degree of disruption, that lack of certainty, that lack of trust in the U.S. signature, it would mean massive disruption the world over,” Lagarde said in an interview Sunday with NBC’S “Meet the Press” program about the impact of not raising the borrowing limit. “And we would be at risk of tipping, yet again, into recession.”

Lagarde said the U.S. stalemate “transformed” the discussions of global finance officials gathered in Washington this weekend at the IMF annual meetings.

U.S. Senate leaders of both parties began negotiations to avert a default even as senators blocked legislation to prevent one and talks between the White House and House Republicans hit an impasse.

With a partial government shutdown in its 13th day and a lapse in borrowing authority four days away, the best prospects for a deal shifted from the House to the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell held their first negotiating session since the shutdown began Oct. 1.

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International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the congressional deadlock over the U.S. debt ceiling is threatening the U.S. and world economies and cautioned against "creative accounting" to avoid default.
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