Treasury Secretary Says Spending Packages Will Change US Economy for the Better

By Reuters
October 29, 2021 Updated: October 29, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Thursday that President Joe Biden’s social spending and infrastructure packages would change the shape of the U.S. economy for the better and drive inflation down.

Biden on Thursday unveiled a $1.75 trillion economic and climate change plan that he said unified Democrats and which was then was quickly rebuffed by members of his own party.

The proposals represented “something truly historic: a new period of investment in economic growth for all Americans across the country,” Yellen said in a statement.

U.S. inflation accelerated last month, with consumer prices rising 5.4 percent.

“This is really because of the pandemic,” Yellen told CBS News in an interview published separately on Thursday, when asked about higher consumer prices and if inflation would decline next year.

“And as we succeed in the vaccination campaign and other countries do as well and life goes back to normal, I truly believe that this will subside and Americans will see inflation rates much closer to the 2% that we want and they’re accustomed to,” Yellen added.

By Kanishka Singh, Doina Chiacu and Chris Gallagher