A White House official on Sunday said the administration expects to see some “transitory inflation” as the United States emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking to Fox News, Council of Economic Advisers chair Cecilia Rouse was asked about whether the trillions of dollars in new and proposed spending will lead to inflation.
“These are very serious concerns, and we know that coming out of an extremely deep recession that there are going to be bumps along the way. We expect that there is going to be supply chain disruptions. That will cause some transitory increases in prices,” Rouse responded.
There have been fears that with the considerable amount of spending, starting with last year’s CARES Act stimulus package and subsequent packages, higher inflation won’t be transitory.
“When we get to the other side of this pandemic, I fully expect that our labor market will come back and be flourishing. That said, we do expect some transitory price increases,” Rouse said. “The Fed expects that as well. We do not see evidence at the moment that those have become what we call de-anchored so that we expect runaway inflation. That said, we know we have to be vigilant, and we are watching the data. We expect, at the most, transitory inflation. That is what we expect coming out of a big recession.”