Facing Pressure, Fed Chief to Address Lawmakers

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will face tough questioning on Capitol Hill Wednesday on the economy and jobs.

Lawmakers want to know what Bernanke can, or will, do to ease the jobs crisis and make sure the economic recovery lasts.

When the Fed chief delivers his twice a year economic report to Congress he'll be under more pressure than usual.

It's an election year for lawmakers whose constituents are facing near double digit unemployment, record high foreclosures and difficult-to-get credit - especially for small businesses.

As he was sworn in for a second term as Fed chair this month, Bernanke said Congress and the White House must do their part to provide relief.

"We at the Federal Reserve cannot hope to solve all these problems on our own," he said.

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