Biden economic adviser: rising food prices normal if you don't count beef, pork, and poultry

Biden economic adviser: rising food prices normal if you don't count beef, pork, and poultry
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One of President Joe Biden’s top economists told reporters at a White House briefing on Wednesday that grocery prices are normal if you exclude beef, pork, and poultry.

National Economic Council Director Brian Deese appeared at the briefing alongside Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to tout the Biden administration’s initiative to lower rising meat prices amid widespread concerns about inflation more generally.

“About half of the overall increase in grocery prices can be attributed to a significant increase in prices in three products: in beef, in pork, and in poultry. And in beef and in pork, we’ve seen double-digit increases in prices over the last couple of months,” Deese said. He added, “If you take out those three categories, we’ve actually seen price increases that are more in line with historical norms.”

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Deese went on to note lower egg prices. Beef, pork, and poultry are the major meat products.

“Thank you, Brian Deese, for again proving why the rest of America cannot stand coastal elites,” Rep. Byron Donalds, a Florida Republican, tweeted in response. “NEWS FLASH: People in REAL AMERICA are impacted by the increase in beef, pork, and poultry prices. America doesn't run on tofu; it runs on real food.”

The White House has downplayed inflation concerns for weeks, saying that rising prices are temporary and still below the rates that bedeviled the American economy before the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan.

But Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a centrist Democrat and key swing vote in the evenly split upper chamber, has expressed concern that the Biden administration’s spending agenda may drive inflationary pressures, potentially imperiling the enactment of the “Build It Back Better” agenda.

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Biden has often argued that his policies will lower inflation in the long run and that inflation is confined to specific sectors.

“The president also agrees we should take inflation seriously,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One on Tuesday. “And many ... outside economists will tell you that these plans will do exactly that: they'll lower costs for goods for the American people over the long term.”

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