Democrat Senator Joe Manchin (WV) has asked the Fed to taper its stimulus.
Despite increasing inflation, the Federal Open Market Committee — which manages the execution of monetary policy in the country — has so far not amended its almost-zero interest rate goal or scaled back its monthly purchases of $120 billion.
Manchin said in a letter to Fed Chair Jerome Powell that this stimulus is now no longer needed given America’s economic rebound:
“With the recession over and a recovery happening, I am increasingly worried by the Fed injecting record amounts of stimulus with purchases of $120 billion every month.”
“The record stimulus has led to the highest inflation momentum in almost 30 years, and our economy has not yet completely reopened. I am deeply worried that the ongoing stimulus, and proposal for more stimulus, will lead to America’s economy overheating and to inflation taxes that most Americans cannot afford.”
Fed Board of Governors member Christopher Waller last week gave one of the first hints that the bank will start tapering sometime this fall.
During an interview with CNBC, Waller — who was a part of the Open Market Committee — stated that fiscal and monetary stimulus has achieved its goals.
“In my opinion, that is substantial progress and I believe you could do an announcement in Sept.,” he explained, saying that if the next jobs reports “report strong as the last ones did, then I believe you have made the progress you needed.” If they don’t, “then you may have to push things back two months.”
“In my opinion, with tapering we should do it early and do it fast to ensure we are in a stance to increase rates in 2022 if we must,” he said. “I’m not saying we will, but if we wished to, we need policy space by the end of this year.”
Waller stated that he had heard some “anecdotal evidence” that some business contacts are able to pass their higher prices onto consumers. “They fully plan to. They have pricing power for the first time in ten years. Those are the kinds of issues that should cause you to be concerned that this might not be transitory.”
Author: Steven Sinclaire