Secy Mnuchin asks Fed to return $455B of COVID relief funds

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin briefs reporters on President Donald Trump’s newly signed executive order imposing new sanctions on Iran, at the White House on June 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 6:15 PM PT – Thursday, November 19, 2020

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requested that the Federal Reserve return unused coronavirus stimulus funds.

In a letter to Fed Chairman Jay Powell on Thursday, Mnuchin said the central bank held some $455 billion from the COVID-relief package passed back in March. The Treasury Secretary asked Powell to return that money so Congress can spend it on additional relief measures.

“The liquidity and capital position of U.S. banks ensure that they can fulfill the financing requirements of their customers,” Mnuchin wrote in the letter. “In the most recent survey by the National Federation of Independent Business, only 2% of small and medium-size firms reported that all their borrowing needs were not satisfied.”

The Fed cut interest rates and expanded the balance sheet earlier this year to help the U.S. economy. Mnuchin added he will be able to help U.S. businesses without a new COVID-relief bill if the Fed returns its relief funds.

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