WASHINGTON Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:37am EDT

 

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies before the Senate Budget Committee about the President's 2015 Budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 12, 2014. REUTERS-Kevin Lamarque

1 of 2. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies before the Senate Budget Committee about the President’s 2015 Budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 12, 2014.

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(Reuters) – The United States is hearing that its refusal to approve previously negotiated reforms for the International Monetary Fund could reduce the nation’s influence at the institution, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday.

U.S. lawmakers have been reticent to approve the IMF quota reforms that were agreed to in 2010 and would give developing countries a bigger say at the international lender.

The reforms would not reduce Washington’s power at the IMF, where the United States is the sole country with veto power.

The Obama administration hoped Congress would tack approval of the IMF quota reforms onto legislation for an aid package for crisis-stricken Ukraine, but the outlook for that happening remains uncertain.

 

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