The so-called radical-left squad demanded President Joe Biden oust Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, urging him to appoint a new chair with radical views such as racial justice and climate activism.
“As news of the possible reappointment of Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell circulates, we urge President Biden to re-imagine a Federal Reserve focused on eliminating climate risk and advancing racial and economic justice,” Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Tlaib (MI), Ayanna Pressley (MA), Mondaire Jones (NY) , and Jesús G. “Chuy” García (IL) said in a statement.
The group said that Biden’s “consequential appointment” of appointing someone to the Fed “potential to remake the composition of the Board of Governors.” The Federal Reserve chairs serve four-year terms.
Ocasio-Cortez and the rest of the radical members would prefer to have Biden appoint a person with the same radical views towards “bold and decisive action to eliminate climate risk.”
This is our chance to re-imagine a Federal Reserve that is focused on eliminating climate risk & advancing racial & economic justice. pic.twitter.com/0MNVosADq3
— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) August 31, 2021
Additionally, they claim Powell made the Federal Reserve substantially weaker on “reforms enacted in the wake of the Great Recession regulating the largest banks, including capital and liquidity requirements, stress tests, the Volcker Rule, and living will requirements.”
“To move forward with a whole of government approach that eliminates climate risk while making our financial system safer, we need a Chair who is committed to these objectives,” the group said. “We urge the Biden Administration to use this opportunity to appoint a new Federal Reserve Chair.”
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has reportedly backed Powell’s reappointment by Biden. The president had yet to make a decision.
Powell, a Republican, has been on the Federal Reserve since 2012 when former President Barack Obama appointed him and was eventually elevated to chair in 2018 by former President Donald Trump. The appointment is a four-year term.
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