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Nominations of John K. Veroneau and Robert K. Steel: Hearing Before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress

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Nominations of John K. Veroneau and Robert K. Steel: Hearing Before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress

by United States Congress Senate

About this title: Original publisher: Washington: U.S. G.P.O.: For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 2006. LC Number: KF26 .F5 2006x OCLC Number: (OCoLC)180699465 Excerpt: ... 11 vest, it is a positive for us. It lowers the interest rate. Having com-petition of demand among different people to want to own our debt is not all unconstructive. There are positive aspects for it, too. So I think, as the issuer and someone who is seen as a place of refuge, of sound investment with good return on a risk-adjusted basis, that is a compliment to the United States. So while there are attendant risks, potentially, I see it overall as a positive of having competition for the debt, for owning our debt. Senator B. Right. Well, my time has expired. I will have AUCUS to come back later. Thank you. HAIRMAN The C. I said I was done asking you questions, but this is not a difficult one for you. It follows up on something you said as you answered my question about hedge funds. You talked about a group at Treasury talking to folks in the hedge fund industry. I would like to ask if the Finance Committee staff, if possible, would be allowed to participate, or at a minimum at least be closely informed on Treasury's findings from that re-view. Would that be possible? Mr. S. I pledge to you that, sir. TEEL HAIRMAN The C. All right. Thank you very much. I am glad that you would cooperate with us on that. Now, Mr. Veroneau, in regard to Argentina, it seems to be impos-ing a 23 percent export tax on soybeans, but only 5 percent export tax on biodiesel from soybeans, giving Argentina and people in business there a strong incentive for them to export biodiesel over soybeans. It seems to me that the export tax on biodiesel, in effect, operates like an export subsidy. If confirmed, would you raise that issue with government officials in Argentina? ERONEAU Mr. V. Absolutely, Mr. Chairman. This is an area that the U.S., as you know far better than I, is extremely competitive. I think it is critical that ...

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