President Joe Biden has once again ignited fury among the far-left of his Democratic Party after he made his decision on a key administration pick Monday.
The anger followed the White House’s announcement that Biden chose to renominate Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to another four-year term when his current one expires next year.
Meanwhile, Lael Brainard, a leftist and the only Democratic Federal Reserve governor, was under consideration as well, but Biden instead chose her to be Powell’s deputy and to serve as vice-chair.
The New York Times reported:
The much-awaited decision was a return to tradition in which the central bank’s top official is reappointed regardless of partisan identity — a norm bucked by former President Donald J. Trump, who appointed Mr. Powell instead of renominating Janet L. Yellen.
While some progressive Democrats criticized Mr. Powell’s reappointment, the move was primarily greeted with bipartisan praise that suggested an easy path to confirmation.
The president and his top aides believe that Mr. Powell has done well in supporting the economy through the pandemic recession and a halting recovery, while amassing credibility by standing up to political pressure from Mr. Trump.
“At this moment, of both enormous potential and enormous uncertainty for our economy we need stability and independence at the Federal Reserve,” Biden said on Monday in announcing his pick. “And we need people of character and integrity, who can be trusted to keep their focus on the right long-term goals of our country, for our country.”
“I’m confident that Chair Powell and Dr. Brainard’s focus on keeping inflation low, prices stable and delivering full employment will make our economy stronger than ever before,” Biden added in a statement.
The Times noted that Biden pondered his choice of Powell or Brainard for months, consulting with moderate and progressive Democrats along the way, before finally sticking with Trump’s choice — a decision that has once again angered the party’s far-left faction.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called Powell “a dangerous man” to remain in control of the Fed, as other critics reacted online.
All said, there were also supporters of Biden’s decision to stick with Powell.
“This is a good decision,” former Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher told CNN. “While Lael Brainard is a most capable economist, appointing her under pressure from progressive senators like Elizabeth Warren would have sent a signal that the Fed has been overly politicized, irreparably damaging its reputation for independence.”
This is an excerpt from Conservative Brief.
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