The Senate Finance Committee has begun its confirmation hearing for Treasury Secretary-nominee Janet Yellen with Democrats and Republicans squaring off immediately over how much more support the economy, hammered during the pandemic, requires. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, who is scheduled to take over as chairman of the committee, told Yellen that his top priority is avoiding the mistake made a decade ago when Congress withdrew support for the economy too soon after the housing crisis and delayed the recovery from the last recession.

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