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Chairman Paulsen: A Strong Economy Makes for a More Confident Fed

Following the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise its interest rate target another quarter percentage point, Joint Economic Committee Chairman Erik Paulsen noted:

"The Federal Reserve’s decision today shows its confidence in the continued strengthening of the U.S. economy. After years of subpar performance, the economy finally grew at a 4.2 percent annualized rate last quarter; wages are rising, the unemployment rate is its lowest since 2000; consumer confidence is at its highest since 2000; small business optimism is its highest ever, and inflation remains low and stable. Pro-growth economic policies are working.”

Note: Today, the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee decided to raise its interest rate target 25 basis points.


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