WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben S. Bernanke held out the possibility that the Fed might do more to boost a sluggish economy Wednesday, even while talking about the eventual need to remove monetary stimulus and return to a more normal central-bank balance sheet.

Bernanke, delivering the Fed’s semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress before the Senate Banking Committee, said the Federal Open Market Committee expects “moderate” growth, a “gradual” reduction in unemployment, and “subdued” inflation.

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