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Bernanke Says Expiration of Tax Cuts Risks Slowing Recovery

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Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said U.S. lawmakers risk slowing the economic rebound if they let tax cuts expire on Jan. 1, 2013, without “compensating action.”

“There will be a very sharp change in the stance of the federal government, which by itself -- with no compensating action -- would slow the recovery,” Bernanke said in testimony to the Senate Budget Committee today.

“As we get closer to Jan. 1, and Congress has not given a clear road map for how it plans to proceed, that would certainly affect planning business decisions, household decisions.”

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