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Statement From Fed Policymakers

May 17, 2000|Associated Press

Here is the statement issued by Federal Reserve policymakers after their meeting Tuesday:

The Federal Open Market Committee voted today to raise its target for the federal funds rate by 50 basis points [one-half percentage point] to 6.5%. In a related action, the Board of Governors approved a 50-basis-point increase in the discount rate to 6%.

Increases in demand have remained in excess of even the rapid pace of productivity-driven gains in potential supply, exerting continued pressure on resources. The committee is concerned that this disparity in the growth of demand and potential supply will continue, which could foster inflationary imbalances that would undermine the economy's outstanding performance.

Against the background of its long-term goals of price stability and sustainable economic growth and of the information already available, the committee believes the risks are weighted mainly toward conditions that may generate heightened inflation pressures in the foreseeable future.

In taking the discount rate action, the Federal Reserve Board approved requests submitted by the boards of directors of the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston, Cleveland, Richmond and San Francisco.

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