Democratic lawmakers want the Federal Reserve to focus on climate change as well as ‘racial and economic justice’

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Several Democratic lawmakers are calling for President Joe Biden to appoint a new Federal Reserve chair instead of keeping Jerome Powell in the role.

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts envision a central bank that is focused on issues such as climate change, and “social and economic justice.”

“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,” the legislators said in a joint statement to Politico. “We urge the Biden Administration to use this opportunity to appoint a new Federal Reserve Chair.”

“Under his leadership, the Federal Reserve has taken very little action to mitigate the risk climate change poses to our financial system,” the trio of lawmakers said.

Congressmen Chuy García of Illinois and Mondaire Jones of New York also signed on to the statement, according to the outlet.

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