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Biden to renominate Jerome Powell for second term as Federal Reserve chair

Biden faced pushback on Powell from progressive Democrats

Jerome Powell
Jerome Powell, Presidente del Sistema de la Reserva Federal | EFE

November 22, 2021 9:08am

Updated: November 22, 2021 1:00pm

President Joe Biden will renominate Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to a second term leading the central bank.

The president, who was elected as a moderate, has faced pushback on Powell, who progressives feel is not tough enough on bank regulations or climate change policy.

Also in contention for the top job was Lael Brainard, who Biden will nominate to become the vice chair of the central bank's board of governors.

"If we want to continue to build on the economic success of this year we need stability and independence at the Federal Reserve – and I have full confidence after their trial by fire over the last 20 months that Chair Powell and Dr. Brainard will provide the strong leadership our country needs," said Biden in a statement.