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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, in two days of congressional testimony beginning today, will probably face questions on how he plans to end the worst jobs slump since the Great Depression.
Unemployment Ã¢â‚¬Å“will be a big topicÃ¢â‚¬Â when the Fed chief faces the Senate Banking Committee, Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat and a panel member, said in an interview. Ã¢â‚¬Å“How do we help small- and mid-sized businesses, because theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re the ones who are going to create the jobs? What is he going to do and the Federal Reserve going to do to help grow this economy?Ã¢â‚¬Â
Democratic leaders are pushing legislation to stimulate the job market amid concerns that unemployment will translate into losses in November elections. The Senate is scheduled to vote today on a $15 billion bill that provides a payroll tax holiday for hiring workers who have been jobless for at least 60 days.
Bernanke will deliver his semi-annual monetary policy report before the House Financial Services Committee at about 10 a.m. today. He plans to testify before the Senate Banking Committee tomorrow.
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