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JEC Chairman Heinrich on February CPI Data

Washington, D.C.—Today, Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that prices measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.4% in February. Data also show that annual prices grew 3.2% over the last year, slightly higher than the 3.1% reading in January.

“While inflation rates rose slightly in February, yearly inflation is still down nearly two-thirds since its peak. Our economy is rebalancing, but it remains the strongest in the world. 

“There is still work to do to lower costs for families. Child care, health care, and housing are large burdens on families’ budgets, and I’m committed to working with my colleagues in Congress and with this administration to make them more affordable. We’re also pushing corporations to do the right thing and stop artificially raising prices at the grocery store and the pharmacy to pad their bottom lines and pay their wealthy executives.” 


About Chairman Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich has served the people of New Mexico in the United States Senate since 2012. In addition to his role as Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, Heinrich also serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration on the Senate Appropriations Committee, and as a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Heinrich served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, four years as an Albuquerque City Councilor, as New Mexico’s Natural Resources Trustee, and in AmeriCorps with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.???? 

About the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee

The U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee is Congress’s bicameral economic think tank. It was created when Congress passed the Employment Act of 1946. Under this Act, Congress established two advisory panels: the President's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) and the JEC. Their primary tasks are to review economic conditions and to recommend improvements in economic policy. Chairmanship of the JEC alternates between the Senate and House every Congress.