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Joint Economic Committee Democrats Chairman - Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA)

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), the Chairman of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee and author of the Digital Asset Market Structure and Investor Protection Act today issued the following statement as the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing on digital assets:
The Joint Economic Committee released a new report detailing the devastating consequences for families, communities and businesses of failing to act on climate change. Unchecked, the economic and social costs of climate change will continue to compound, harming working families through reduced wages, property loss, and worse health outcomes. In 2020 alone, extreme weather events and climate disasters cost the United States over $100 billion.
Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that nonfarm payroll employment increased by 210,000 in November and the unemployment rate declined to 4.2%, a new pandemic-era low. The unemployment rate was 6.7% for Black workers, 5.2% for Hispanic workers and 3.8% for Asian workers.
“Under Chair Powell and Governor Brainard, the Fed’s decisive action was critical to limiting the economic fallout and jumpstarting the U.S. economic recovery. I applaud President Biden’s announcement to nominate Chair Powell for a second term and to nominate Governor Brainard to serve as the Vice Chair. Their unwavering commitment to ensuring the economic recovery is strong, stable and broadly shared has put us on a path to building back better. I have every confidence in their leadership to capably maintain price stability, steward the U.S. economy to full employment and address the financial risks of the growing threat of climate change.”
Today, U.S. Representative Marie Newman (D-IL-03) and Joint Economic Committee Chairman (JEC) Representative Don Beyer (D-VA-08) released this year’s Third Quarter Worker’s Economy Report, a shortcut guide designed to provide constituents with an understanding of America’s post-pandemic economy. As part of a quarterly series launched earlier this year, today’s new Worker’s Economy report details the economic growth of the past three months that has been propelled by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and the White House’s national vaccine campaign. Additionally, the report examines how supply chain bottlenecks and an increase in COVID cases among the unvaccinated has affected these economic indicators.
"Today’s passage of the Build Back Better Act in the House is a landmark moment for this country. These fully paid-for investments will deliver economy-wide gains for decades to come, advancing economic growth that is stronger, more stable and more broadly shared. Together, the Build Back Better Act and the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act are pro-growth investments that will materially improve the economic well-being of communities across the country by lowering household costs for workers and families, creating millions of new jobs and addressing the existential threat of climate change."

Nov 17 2021

JEC Held Hearing to Explore Digital Assets, Role of Government

Current moment represents “opportunity to take action before a potential crisis hits the broader economy”

Today, the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) held a hearing entitled “Demystifying Crypto: Digital Assets and the Role of Government” to explore the regulatory, policy and economic concerns posed by digital assets for the United States and the global marketplace. Chair Don Beyer (D-VA) presided.