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Timothy Geithner says he'll stay at Treasury

The secretary's decision not to leave means President Obama can avoid a Senate confirmation fight to fill the post during a time of financial turmoil.

August 08, 2011|By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
  • Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner has decided to stay on the job, ending speculation that he planned to resign.
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner has decided to stay on the job, ending… (Manuel Balce Ceneta, Associated…)

Reporting from Washington — Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner will not be stepping down, ending speculation that the key Obama administration advisor was preparing to resign.

"Secretary Geithner has let the president know that he plans to stay on in his position at Treasury. He looks forward to the important work ahead on the challenges facing our great country," Jenni LeCompte, assistant secretary for public affairs, said Sunday.

President Obama asked Geithner to stay and "welcomes his decision," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Geithner is expected to remain as Treasury secretary at least until fall 2012.

Geithner's decision means Obama will avoid a difficult Senate confirmation fight to fill the position amid financial market turmoil that could be further roiled by Standard & Poor's decision Friday to downgrade the U.S. credit rating.

Geithner played a key role in the negotiations over the recent increase in the U.S. government's debt ceiling and is likely to be a major player as the administration works with Congress to enact the $2.1 trillion to $2.4 trillion in spending cuts that are part of the deal allowing the ceiling to rise.

The last remaining original member of Obama's top economic team, Geithner had been considering stepping down after the debt cap was raised. His teenage son is returning to New York this fall to finish high school.

jim.puzzanghera@latimes.com

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