Ben Bernanke likely to be pressed on economy
Questions arise on further Fed efforts, actions
When Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke visits Capitol Hill on Thursday, the most insistent question he may face is: What’s going on with the economy? In its most recent economic forecasts in late April, the Fed upgraded its outlook for 2012. It predicted more growth and lower unemployment than it had three months earlier. Since then, job growth has slumped. Stock prices have dropped. Europe’s debt crisis has deepened.