Debt Ceiling Breached

Below is the text of the letter from US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to Congress via Harry S. Reid, Majority Leader of the Senate, informing Reid that the debt ceiling has been breached.

The Honorable Harry Reid

Democratic Leader

United States Senate

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Washington, DC 20510

Dear Mr. Leader:

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I am writing to notify you, as required under 5 U.S.C. § 8348(l)(2), of my determination that, by reason of the statutory debt limit, I will be unable to invest fully the portion of the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund (“CSRDF”) not immediately required to pay beneficiaries. For purposes of this statute, I have determined that a “debt issuance suspension period” will begin today, May 16, 2011, and last until August 2, 2011, when the Department of the Treasury projects that the borrowing authority of the United States will be exhausted. During this “debt issuance suspension period,” the Treasury Department will suspend additional investments of amounts credited to, and redeem a portion of the investments held by, the CSRDF, as authorized by law.

In addition, I am notifying you, as required under 5 U.S.C. § 8438(h)(2), of my determination that, by reason of the statutory debt limit, I will be unable to invest fully the Government Securities Investment Fund (“G Fund”) of the Federal Employees’ Retirement System in interest-bearing securities of the United States, beginning today, May 16, 2011. The statute governing G Fund investments expressly authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to suspend investment of the G Fund to avoid breaching the statutory debt limit.

Each of these actions has been taken in the past by my predecessors during previous debt limit impasses. By law, the CSRDF and G Funds will be made whole once the debt limit is increased. Federal retirees and employees will be unaffected by these actions.

I have written to Congress on previous occasions regarding the importance of timely action to increase the debt limit in order to protect the full faith and credit of the United States and avoid catastrophic economic consequences for citizens. I again urge Congress to act to increase the statutory debt limit as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Timothy F. Geithner

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4 Comments
  1. Stephan Ewald says

    Very nice. I like the wording of the last paragraph. Now I’m very curious when the armada of corporate jets from New York City heads ante portas of Washington DC with infuriated bankers wielding pitch forks and torches to ravage GOP offices. This whole debt ceiling issue is only ridiculous.

    1. DavidLazarusUK says

      The rest of the world does find such a procedure to be ridiculous. The real fun will begin now that they start negoitiating for an increase in that limit. 

  2. Stephan Ewald says

    Very nice. I like the wording of the last paragraph. Now I’m very curious when the armada of corporate jets from New York City heads ante portas of Washington DC with infuriated bankers wielding pitch forks and torches to ravage GOP offices. This whole debt ceiling issue is only ridiculous.

    1. Anonymous says

      The rest of the world does find such a procedure to be ridiculous. The real fun will begin now that they start negoitiating for an increase in that limit. 

  3. Anonymous says

     History is interesting: it provides the key to act both in success and failure.

    The real deal here is circus coming in the town, popcorn and beer for the audience. Everyone in the audience knows already how Machbet ends. They still like to watch the performance closely.

    The debt-ceiling will be lifted. In senate they will put up a show and then agree.

    Panem et circenses.

    1. Edward Harrison says

       Agree with you there. This is all just political posturing – dangerous and reckless posturing to be sure.

  4. Anonymous says

     History is interesting: it provides the key to act both in success and failure.

    The real deal here is circus coming in the town, popcorn and beer for the audience. Everyone in the audience knows already how Machbet ends. They still like to watch the performance closely.

    The debt-ceiling will be lifted. In senate they will put up a show and then agree.

    Panem et circenses.

    1. Edward Harrison says

       Agree with you there. This is all just political posturing – dangerous and reckless posturing to be sure.

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