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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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Chevron downsizes global San Fran headquarters, paying for employees to move to Texas office

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Oil giant Chevron made a huge announcement saying it will be closing its current global headquarters in San Ramon, California. Even more telling, its encouraging employees to move to Houston, Texas.

The San Francisco Gate reported “the oil company will cover relocation costs for those voluntarily leaving for the Texas office, which has been growing and employs nearly 6,000 people. Meanwhile, the San Ramon office buildings have experienced dwindling numbers in recent years.”

Although the company is not leaving the state completely, “company leadership has pushed for a permanent move to Texas in the past” adds SFGATE. Chevron, which has had “deep roots” in California going back to the late 1800s, will vacate its 100-acre campus in 2023.

The Wall Street Journal reports the business hopes to move into a smaller space in San Ramon, which will remain its headquarters. A company spokesperson told SFGATE “the current real estate market provides the opportunity to right-size our office space to meet the requirements of our headquarters-based employee population.”

“The move is expected to occur during the third quarter of 2023” they continued. “Chevron will remain headquartered in California, where the company has a 140-year history and operations and partnerships throughout the state.”

The SFGATE notes Chevron is one of “the East Bay’s legacy companies joining the trend” to move their headquarters out of the area in recent years. Tech companies such as startups like Coinbase to industry pioneers like Hewlett Packard and Oracle have all vacated, with Elon Musk having been “one particularly outspoken voice decrying California’s business conditions.”

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