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Authors of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform act urge Biden to reappoint Powell to lead Fed

Former Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank, Democrats, made the appeal in an opinion story in The Hill newspaper.

Updated: September 13, 2021 - 5:22pm

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The sponsors of the roughly 20-year-old Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law on Monday urged President Biden to reappoint Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, amid opposition from progressives about giving Powell a second term. 

In an opinion story Monday for The Hill newspaper, former Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank, Democrats, argued Powell's reappointment would give Biden "strong support" to pass a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure and social services plan – what they called the "most important issue facing us today."

The estimated cost of the measure is now $3.5 trillion.

"We believe the national interest will be best served by President Biden reappointing Jerome Powell to chair the Federal Reserve System," wrote Dodd, of Connecticut, and Frank, of Massachusetts.

However, the progressive wing of the Democratic Party has complained that the Fed under Powell hasn't focused enough on the issues of climate change and racial and economic justice.

Biden is expected to announce within weeks whether he will re-nominate Powell for another four-year term with his term expiring in February.

Powell, a Republican, was appointed to the Fed by former President Obama and elevated to chairman by former President Trump. He is largely aligned with the White House on inflation and employment. 

Dodd and Frank also suggest Powell leading the Fed would help Biden finish leading the country through an economic recovery from the ongoing pandemic and with the related social problems. 

"The most important issue facing us today is the enactment of President Biden's comprehensive program responding not just to the ravages of COVID-19 but to the underlying social and economic problems that have exacerbated its effects," they wrote in The HIll. "Reappointing Mr. Powell will provide strong support for this essential step."