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US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urged Congress Friday to avoid another disruptive battle over the country's borrowing ability, which is scheduled to be capped in nine days. Lew told Congress in a letter that if the cap on borrowing comes into place as scheduled on March 16, the Treasury will have to undertake "extraordinary measures" to keep funding the government, which continues to run a large deficit. He asked Congress to raise the limit "as soon as possible" to ensure the government continues to be funded. It simply allows the government to pay for expenditures Congress has already approved," he said in a letter addressed to John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives.