Yellen, Bernanke urges Congress to boost unemployment benefits

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In testimony before the Special House Coronavirus Subcommittee, the two most recent former Fed chiefs warned lawmakers that the U.S. could face more than $ 1 trillion in deep, permanent economic damage. Their form comes in the form of Congress leaders who initiate formal negotiations on the size and scope of another epidemic response and economic rescue package.

Bernanke – a former Republican who disrespected the party in 2015 – and Yellen, a Democrat, said Congress’ next stimulus measure should focus on three areas: investing in medical response to the epidemic, unemployment benefits. Expanding, and giving adequate financial support to local governments support to maintain critical services amid revenue shortages.

“We do not believe that concerns about deficits and debt should prevent Congress from responding forcefully to this emergency,” Yellen said.

“The top priorities of this time should be to protect our citizens from the epidemic and to pursue a strong and equal economic recovery,” he said.

Bernanke and Yellen have previously advocated for positions that have more than 150 fellow economists A letter to Congress leaders last month. His testimony also served as a more powerful one, Direct version Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s call for expanded unemployment benefits and substantial support for state and local governments.

But his Friday appearance in front of lawmakers, the first for each since the Fed left, comes as the White House and Congress face a narrow window to avoid lapses in fiscal support.

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The $ 600 increase has been widely supported by Democrats, but has been opposed by the White House and most Republicans, who fear it is encouraging workers not to return to their jobs.

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Democrats say that most workers will lose unemployment benefits if they decline a job offer and say the extra money is important because entire industries are sidelined by the epidemic.

Bernanke, Yellen and a wide range of economists have urged Congress to increase profits in one form or the other, urging that it do more to support the economy as it curbs job gains. Applies.

“You can reduce the $ 600 so that the replacement ratio is not above 100 percent,” Bernanke suggested. He also proposed a special tax credit for returning workers.

He stressed that “there were ways to create a suitable incentive for the unemployed to go back to work without seeking support.”