US Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley Urges for Caution on Federal Interest Rates to Safeguard Economy and Employment Opportunities
The Harm of the Fed’s Interest Rate Hikes to Vulnerable Communities
The Federal Reserve has been raising interest rates, despite acknowledging that it is not the primary cause of the slowdown in price increases. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) recently criticized the interest rate hikes at a House Financial Services Committee hearing and urged Fed Chairman Jerome Powell to pause rate increases. Pressley argued that further rate hikes would likely cause a recession and lead to millions of job losses.
The consequences of a recession and job losses would devastate vulnerable, low-income, Black, and brown workers. Pressley cited projections from the Fed that around two million people will lose their jobs due to further rate hikes. As a result, families will struggle to put food on the table, keep a roof over their heads, and make ends meet. Additionally, a recent Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland paper predicts that reaching the 2% inflation goal without causing a recession is impossible.
Pressley urged Powell to pause future interest rate hikes to prevent a recession. However, Powell did not give a definitive answer, stating that he did not know all the facts. Nevertheless, Pressley stressed the seriousness of the question, as the most vulnerable communities will bear the brunt of an economic recession.
– Vulnerable communities, including low-income and Black and brown workers, are more likely to be affected by job losses and recession.
– Interest rate hikes can cause a recession and job losses, according to projections from the Federal Reserve.
– Reaching the 2% inflation goal without causing a recession is impossible, according to a recent paper by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
The Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes could harm vulnerable communities, leading to job losses and economic hardship. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley urged Fed Chairman Jerome Powell to pause rate increases to prevent a recession.
The Federal Reserve must consider the harm of interest rate hikes to vulnerable communities. Pressley rightly criticized the Fed’s actions and urged Powell to take action to prevent a recession and job losses. It is crucial to prioritize the needs of vulnerable communities and take appropriate measures to avoid further economic hardship.