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Birth of a MarketThe U.S. Treasury Securities Market from the Great War to the Great Depression$
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Kenneth D. Garbade

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016377

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016377.001.0001

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Statutory Control of Treasury Indebtedness

Statutory Control of Treasury Indebtedness

(p.313) 21 Statutory Control of Treasury Indebtedness
Birth of a Market

Kenneth D. Garbade

The MIT Press

At the beginning of the Great Depression, there were three statutory restrictions on Treasury debt management actions: a limit of $10 billion on outstanding bills and certificates of indebtedness; a limit of $7.5 billion on outstanding notes; and the authority to issue no more than $20 billion of Treasury bonds. In contrast, by mid-1939 there was only a single statutory limit of $45 billion on total outstanding indebtedness. This chapter examines why Congress gradually moved away from controlling individual categories of Treasury debt to controlling aggregate indebtedness.

Keywords:   Treasury debt, debt management, Congress, statutory controls

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