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The fiscal cliff refers to the numerous tax increases and steep spending cuts slated to go into effect Jan. 1, and will throw the already struggling U.S. economy back into a recession.
In his semi-annual monetary report to the U.S. Senate, the chief voiced his concerns. What was missing though was what Congress should actually do to hammer out a budget deal that would prevent a fiscal cliff.
"I don't have a specific recommendation, other than to think not just about the individual policies, but of the collective impact. Congress is in charge here," Bernanke said.