The Senate voted Tuesday to approve Cecilia Rouse, a Princeton University economist, as President Biden’s Council of Economic Advisers, making her the first black leader of C.E.A. in its 75 year history.
The final vote was 95 to 4.
Dr. Rouse is the dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and a former councilor under President Barack Obama. Her academic research has focused on education, discrimination, and the forces holding back some people in the American economy. In her confirmation hearing, she received praise from Republicans and Democrats alike. The Senators of the Banking Committee voted unanimously to send their nominations to the entire Senate.
She will take up her post amid an ongoing economic and health crisis sparked by the coronavirus pandemic and in the dwindling days of Congressional debate over a $ 1.9 trillion economic aid package that Mr Biden has become his first major legislative priority has made.
In interviews and her testimony, Dr. Rouse made it clear, however, that they had a greater number of priorities than C.E.A. Chair: Revision of the inner workings of the Federal Government to promote racial and gender equality in the economy.
“As troubling as this pandemic and economic consequences have been,” she said in her hearing, “it is also an opportunity to rebuild the economy better than before – to make it work for everyone by increasing job availability and leaving the company becomes.” Nobody is prone to falling through the cracks. “
One of her initiatives as Council Chair will be to review the way the government collects and reports economic data to break it down by race, gender and other demographic variables, with the aim of improving the government’s ability to respond Economic policies aim to help historically disadvantaged groups.
“We want to develop guidelines that are economically effective,” said Dr. Rouse in an interview earlier this year. When asked how she would rate its effectiveness, she replied: “We keep an eye on this ball and every time we look at a policy, we ask ourselves what racial and ethnic effects it has.”