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Fed to Return Lending-Backstop Funds to Treasury as Requested

Nov. 20, 2020, 11:04 PM

The Federal Reserve said Friday it would comply with a Treasury Department request to return unused funds meant to backstop five emergency lending programs, moving to tamp down a public rift that arose a day earlier.

“We will work out arrangements with you for returning the unused portions of the funds allocated to the Cares Act facilities in connection with their year-end termination,” Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin posted on the central bank’s website.

Mnuchin on Thursday sparked a conflict between his agency and the central bank when he said he wouldn’t...

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