IMF Urges U.S. Congress to Find Agreement to Avoid Shutdown

The International Monetary Fund urged U.S. lawmakers to quickly find a fiscal agreement to avoid a federal government shutdown and raise its $16.7 trillion borrowing limit.

“This is important for the continuation of the recovery in the U.S. and beyond that in the global economy,” IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said in a press briefing in Washington today.

President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are deadlocked over the federal budget in a confrontation that could prompt a government shutdown within days. That showdown could influence the next set of negotiations over raising the borrowing limit, which the Treasury Department has said will be reached by Oct. 17.

Rice today also said that IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde yesterday met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the United Nations’ General Assembly. They discussed the government’s economic priorities and how the relationship with the IMF could be deepened, Rice said.

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