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Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker said he dissented against the Federal Open Market Committee’s currency-swap decision because it was a form of fiscal policy.
“I opposed the temporary swap arrangements to support Federal Reserve lending in foreign currencies,” Lacker said in a statement released on the Richmond Fed’s website. “Such lending amounts to fiscal policy, which I believe is the responsibility of the U.S. Treasury.”
Lacker said he also opposed lowering the interest rate on the swap arrangements below the Fed’s so-called discount rate on direct loans to banks.
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