Congressman Proposes Ban on Trillion Dollar Coin

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By on January 7, 2013 in Current Events with 11 Comments

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) announced plans to introduce a bill to stop a proposal to mint high-value platinum coins to pay the federal government’s bills.

Within the last week, numerous media reports (example here) have suggested that the U.S. Mint could create trillion dollar platinum coins, which would then be deposited into the Federal Reserve to be used to pay the federal government’s bills or avoid hitting the debt ceiling. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, touted the proposal last week . New York Times columnist and Princeton professor Paul Krugman suggested the idea in an article as well. Other leaders in Washington, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have urged the President to raise the debt limit unilaterally without permission from Congress.

“Some people are in denial about the need to reduce spending and balance the budget. This scheme to mint trillion dollar platinum coins is absurd and dangerous, and would be laughable if the proponents weren’t so serious about it as a solution. I’m introducing a bill to stop it in its tracks,” Rep. Walden said.

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