Yellen says debt ceiling hike ‘completely important’, opposes platinum coin ‘gimmick’


Oct 5 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Tuesday mentioned it was “utterly essential” for Congress to elevate the federal debt restrict forward of an Oct. 18 deadline to keep away from U.S. default, however added that she opposes utilizing a loophole in U.S. forex regulation to resolve the disaster.

Yellen advised CNBC in an interview that she opposes the minting of a $1 trillion platinum coin to resolve the disaster.

The concept comes from a authorized loophole that enables the Treasury to mint platinum cash in any denomination it chooses. Some progressive commentators and Democratic lawmakers have steered minting a number of $1 trillion cash to interrupt an deadlock through which Republicans have refused to assist a rise within the $28.4 trillion debt ceiling.

“I’m opposed to it and I don’t think we should consider it seriously,” Yellen mentioned. “It’s really a gimmick.”

Yellen mentioned such a transfer “is equivalent to asking the Federal Reserve to print money to cover deficits that Congress is unwilling to cover by issuing debt. It compromises the independence of the Fed, conflating monetary and fiscal policy.”

She added that it might “do the opposite” of displaying that Congress and the administration will be trusted to pay U.S. payments.

Asked if she would again a course of referred to as “reconciliation” for getting the restrict elevated with none Republican assist, Yellen mentioned: I assist getting it achieved… We have to lift the debt ceiling as a routine matter each time the nation runs price range deficits.”

Yellen added that it was up to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer “to determine” how to raise the debt ceiling in Congress. “What I can let you know is that it is completely important that this be achieved.”

She said she continues to regard Oct. 18 as a deadline for raising the debt ceiling. That is when the Treasury will exhaust its extraordinary borrowing capacity and will have limited cash reserves that will be expended very quickly. A default would be “catastrophic” and cause a recession, she said, putting the reserve status of the dollar at risk.

Reporting By Dan Burns and David Lawder; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen attends the House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, U.S., September 30, 2021.  Al Drago/Pool via REUTERS