Frustration at how Washington has managed the 'jobless recovery' is turning some members of Capitol Hill against Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner – and in favor of a controversial measure by Rep. Ron Paul.
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Mr. Paul, the far right former presidential candidate, and Mr. Grayson, the far left rabble-rouser who said the Republicans’ healthcare plan was for ill people to “die quickly,” are Congress’s two biggest critics of the Federal Reserve.
On Friday, Paul leveraged public frustration at Washington’s management of an apparent “jobless recovery” – and the mounting pressure on Capitol Hill to do something – to push through a controversial amendment to rein in the Federal Reserve.
The amendment is just one of several indicators suggesting that, even as the Senate enters intense negotiations about healthcare reform, the economy – and specifically unemployment numbers – is once again percolating toward the top of the agenda.
“Both the president and Congress want to shift from this critically important issue [healthcare reform] … to the economy and jobs,” Sen. Richard Durbin (D) of Illinois said on NBC’s “Meet the Press." "We need to refocus our attention – all of our attention – on getting people back to work."