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(Washington, D.C.) – Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) discusses the country’s ailing economy with a group of prominent economists at a Senate Budget hearing today. Murray, a senior member of the Senate Budget Committee, discussed potential economic stimulus measures and questioned the economists on steps that can be taken to increase consumer confidence.

Senator Murray will be working to pass an economic stimulus proposal that invests in transportation and green technology, creates jobs and helps families by expanding unemployment and housing.

The economists that appeared at today’s hearing were (listed in the order that they responded to Senator Murray’s questioning):

  • Dr. Mark Zandi -- Chief Economist and Co-founder of Moody's Economy.com
  • Dr. Simon Johnson -- Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Dr. John B. Taylor -- Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics, Stanford University