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Biden Picks Show Priority to Lift Black, Low-Income Workers

  • Plans first Black head of Council of Economic Advisers
  • Picks have also pushed for more fiscal stimulus amid pandemic
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President-elect Joe Biden’s picks for his economic team suggest he will make it a priority to lift the fortunes of Black and lower-income Americans, whose gains in recent years have been endangered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden is nominating Cecilia Rouse to lead the Council of Economic Advisers, becoming the first Black American in the position, he announced in a statement Monday. Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey, two progressive Democrat economists who have argued for the Federal Reserve to target the Black unemployment rate and for increasing the minimum wage, will join Rouse as members of the CEA.