(USNewsMag.com) – President Joe Biden’s top domestic policy adviser, Susan Rice, announced April 24 that she will be leaving the Biden administration in May.
Rice has been the head of the domestic policy council since Biden was elected. The domestic policy council oversees issues such as health care, immigration and border policies, gun control policies as well as other issues. She has overseen legislative activity that includes the Inflation Reduction Act, the infrastructure legislation, and COVID relief packages, as well as climate change initiatives. She also helped the administration with the expansion of the Affordable Care Act.
Rice originally made a commitment to serve two years when she accepted the position. She stayed on an extra few months to help wrap up projects involving a strategy for homelessness on the federal level as well as efforts to reduce crime. She has been critical in policy to replace Title 42 which is set to expire in May.
In Biden’s 2020 campaign, Rice was considered as a potential vice president pick. Rice was also considered for secretary of state.
Under former President Barack Obama, Rice served as the United Nations ambassador and national security adviser.
Rice is looking forward to spending more time with her family, according to a White House official. Her final day will be May 26.
While no replacement has been decided, the current staff secretary Neera Tanden is someone who is being considered. Tanden was a senior health official in the Obama administration. Tanden led the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank.
The head of the domestic policy council position does not require a Senate confirmation vote.
Rice’s departure is one of the administration’s most high-profile departures this year. Other high-profile departures have been Chief of Staff Ron Klain, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese and Council of Economic Advisers chief Cecilia Rouse who also departed from the Biden administration this year.
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