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Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (AP Photo/Molly Riley, file)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress needs to raise the debt limit and take away the “cloud of uncertainty” about the nation’s ability to pay its bills, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said in an interview broadcast.

“The fight over the debt limit in 2011 hurt the economy, even though, in the end, we saw an extension of the debt limit. We saw confidence fall, and it hurt the economy,” Lew said on NBC’s “Meet The Press” Sunday. “Congress needs to do its job. It needs to finish its work on appropriation bills. It needs to pass a debt limit.”

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