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GOP senators pass infrastructure bill, record inflation follows

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By Jenny Goldsberry

After 19 Republican Senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), voted to pass President Biden’s infrastructure bill Tuesday, inflation is nearing record highs. While this bill contributed it the US dollar’s rise, experts also credit the most recent jobs report.

The Senate passed the bill 69 to 30. They included Republican Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Richard Burr (R-NC) Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Susan Collins (R-ME), Kevin Cramer (R-ND) Mike Crapo (R-ID), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Hoeven (R-ND), Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), Rob Portman (R-OH), Jim Risch (R-ID), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Dan Sullivan (R-AL), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Roger Wicker (R-MS).

Head of G10 FX research at Credit Agricole Valentin Marinov spoke with Reuters about the result of the bill.

“The stronger than expected non-farm payrolls report on Friday boosted the dollar across the board as it seemingly helped the Fed move closer to QE (quantitative easing) taper and policy normalization,” Marinov told them. “In addition, the U.S. Senate has passed President Biden’s infrastructure package and thus boosted market expectations of growing U.S. Treasury issuance at a time when the Fed is expected to announce their intention to reduce their U.S. Treasury buying.”

As a result, US consumer prices also increased by 5.4%. They were expected to rise, but by 5.3% only. Prices haven’t been this high since August 2008.

Meanwhile, the Japanese yen, Chinese yuan and Korean won are moving in the opposite direction. All have been on the decrease for weeks now.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Federal Reserve Economist on hidden camera: ‘we don’t want Trump to be in the government’

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Hidden Camera captures Principal Economist at the Federal Reserve talking about Jerome Powell’s legacy as “somebody who held the line against like, Trump.” According to hidden camera footage of Aurel Hizmo, principal economist at the Federal Reserve, the U.S. agency could have fixed inflation a while ago but refused to do so for fear of hurting President Joe Biden’s re-election efforts.

Hizmo told an undercover reporter that the Fed stopped raising the rates to tackle inflation because it could cause a recession that would likely end Biden’s 2024 campaign.

The influential agency responsible for maintaining a stable monetary system appears to not just be establishing interest rates, but to be setting policies for desired social outcomes. “Under Powell, the Fed has changed to think about equity issues, like racial issues, think about wealth inequality as part of the mandate, as part of the things we are following. Think about climate change.” Aurel Hizmo, Principal Economist at the Federal Reserve, who prior to working at the Fed was an Assistant Professor helps write speeches for Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell for the Federal Open Market Committee.

Hizmo says “Trump is just a crazy person” and conservatives are “dumb” as he describes to OMG’s American Swiper Citizen Journalist a politicized Federal Reserve Board where Powell has promoted ESG issues like climate change and “wants to be remembered in history” “as a savior.” But shhh…don’t tell anyone because Hizmo says: “I’m just really worried that I’m saying stuff that’s classified…It’s all classified.”

 

 

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