Economy38 minutes ago (Mar 28, 2022 11:41AM ET)
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: White House Council of Economic Advisers Chair Cecilia Rouse joins White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (not pictured) for the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 14, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia’s war in Ukraine will drive energy and food prices higher, but inflation rates should still ease in the coming year, U.S. President Joe Biden’s top economic adviser said on Monday.
Cecilia Rouse, who chairs the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said the $5.79 trillion budget plan for fiscal year 2023 released by the White House on Monday was based on assumptions locked in on Nov. 10, well before the invasion, but the economy was generally stronger than expected then.
“There’s tremendous uncertainty, but we and other external forecasts expect that inflation will ease over the coming year,” Rouse told reporters as the White House released the budget proposal, which must now be considered and enacted by a deeply divided Congress.
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