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Lift Debt Limit Before Recess, Mnuchin Urges Congress

FILE - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, pictured at a White House briefing, June 29, 2017, has told lawmakers that maintaining U.S. creditworthiness is of "utmost importance."

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday urged federal lawmakers to raise the federal debt limit before they leave Washington for their August recess to avoid increased interest costs to taxpayers and market uncertainty about a potential default.

Mnuchin told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee that maintaining U.S. creditworthiness was of "utmost importance" and that the United States must pay its bills on time.

"As I've suggested in the past, based upon our best estimate at the time, we do have funding through September, but I have urged Congress to take this up before they leave for the recess," Mnuchin said.