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Originally published Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 8:30 PM

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US Treasury says debt auctions could be trimmed

The Treasury Department says it could begin decreasing the size of some of its debt auctions in coming months based on an improving deficit situation that will allow it to pay back some of the national debt this quarter.

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WASHINGTON —

The Treasury Department says it could begin decreasing the size of some of its debt auctions in coming months based on an improving deficit situation that will allow it to pay back some of the national debt this quarter.

Treasury said Wednesday that any decrease in the size of the Treasury securities it sells to raise money to finance government operations will be gradual and investors will be alerted to the changes. Treasury said for the current April-June quarter it plans to pay down $35 billion of the national debt, the first time it has reduced the debt in six years.

That pay down will be only temporary and reflects in part higher tax revenues in April. Treasury projected that borrowing will increase by $223 billion in the July-September quarter.

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