Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday that the economic recovery should be a little stronger this year than in 2010 and “a self-sustaining recovery” in consumer and business spending may be taking hold even as federal deficits threaten the economy.

“It is widely understood that the federal government is on an unsustainable fiscal path,” Bernanke told the Senate Committee on the Budget, according to prepared text of his remarks. “We have done little to address this critical threat to our economy. Doing nothing will not be an option indefinitely.”

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