Treasury: Debt Deadline Stands at Aug. 2

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The U.S. Treasury repeated on Friday that it would exhaust its legal ability to borrow on August 2 if Congress does not manage to iron out a deal to raise the country's debt ceiling.

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Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has warned of huge risks if Congress fails to act, potentially triggering a default on U.S. debt that would send shivers through an already-fragile banking system.

"Geithner urges Congress to avoid the catastrophic economic and market consequences of a default crisis by raising the statutory debt limit in a timely manner," Mary Miller, assistant secretary for financial markets, said in a statement that accompanied the Obama administration's latest monthly estimate on when the debt limit would become binding.

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