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WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says factors that have kept the economy from accelerating appear to be abating and he foresees stronger growth in 2014.
Bernanke says Americans' finances have improved and the outlook for home sales is brighter. He also expects less drag from federal spending cuts and tax increases. Combined, those factors bode well for U.S. economic growth in coming quarters.
He made the comments to the annual meeting of the American Economic Association in Philadelphia. It's one of his final speeches as Fed chairman. He is stepping down at the end of this month after eight years as chairman.
The outgoing chairman says he tried to make the Fed more transparent and accountable while at the same time combating a deep recession and severe financial crisis.
FILE: UNDATED: Louisiana state Sen. Neil Riser, a Republican running for a U.S. House seat in 2013.NeilRiser.com
Louisiana voters choosing the state's newest member of Congress faced a crowded list of candidates on Saturday's ballot, with 14 contenders seeking the 5th District seat.
The special election wasn't expected to decide who will take the U.S. House seat once filled by Rodney Alexander, but rather to whittle down the field of candidates to two men who will face off in a November runoff.
It’s now time to put the politics aside, and for members of Congress to stop the name calling.