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  FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 8, 2011 file photo, a statue of former Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin stands outside the Treasury Building in Washington. Foreign demand for U.S. Treasury securities rose to a record level in September for the ninth straight month, according to the Treasury Department, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. The increase suggests overseas investors are confident in U.S. debt despite a potential budget crisis. The Treasury Department says total foreign holdings rose to $5.46 trillion in September, up 0.1 percent from August. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)