WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Tuesday night forcefully voiced his agreement with his likely successor, Vice Chair Janet Yellen, that monetary policy can only return to normal if the central bank does all it can now to ensure "a more robust recovery."

In remarks prepared for delivery at the National Economists Club annual dinner, Bernanke argued that a "strong majority" of the policymaking Federal Open Market Committee believe the Fed's asset purchases and forward guidance regarding interest rates are aiding the recovery, adding that interest rates will likely remain near zero "well after" the FOMC's 6.5% unemployment threshold is crossed.

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