By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A majority of the US Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Cecilia Rouse as chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, making her the first black economist to hold the post. Rouse was confirmed in an overwhelmingly bipartisan 95-4 vote, and one senator did not vote. Rouse, 57, a labor economist and former dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, is committed to working for a more equitable and just economy that serves all people after years of ever-widening gaps and disparities. . She will join other powerful women in top economic positions in the Biden administration, including Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, who was also confirmed Tuesday. Rouse served on the board of the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011, the worst years of the previous economic crisis. He also served in an economic policy position in the Clinton White House. During her confirmation hearing in January, Rouse said more spending was needed to support the US economy and keep it growing and avoid a “downward spiral” in the country’s ability to pay its debt. “One of my priorities as president will be trying to understand how the policies will affect all of those in our country as we strive to ensure that the economy works for everyone,” she told the Senate Banking Committee at the time. “Too many have slipped through our worn safety net into hardship and hopelessness,” said Rouse. “And the structural inequalities that have always existed within our economy have not only been exposed, but exacerbated, their impact more devastating than ever.”
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