Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke implored Washington policymakers Tuesday to get the nation’s fiscal house in order for the good of the economy.

The head of the nation’s central bank used a high-profile speech to outline a “must-do” list for Congress and the White House in the comings months: avoid the “fiscal cliff,” raise the debt ceiling and come up with a long-term plan to bring down the deficit. Finally, Bernanke said it’s important do so with as little drama as possible.

“Coming together to find fiscal solutions will not be easy, but the stakes are high,” he told the New York Economic Club.