Treasury says April-June borrowing will be a record $2.99T
Last updated 5/4/2020 at 6:44pm
AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — The economic paralysis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic is forcing the U.S. Treasury to borrow far more than it ever has before — $2.99 trillion in the current quarter alone.
The amount is more than five times the government's previous record borrowing for a quarter, $569 billion, set in the depths of the 2008 financial crisis. It also dwarfs the $1.28 trillion the government borrowed in the bond market for all of 2019.
The Treasury Department said the huge sum is needed to pay for nearly $3 trillion in rescue aid that the gov...