Susan Rice to Step Down as Domestic Policy Adviser: Susan Rice, a domestic policy advisor, is leaving her position. The Biden administration benefited from Rice’s assistance in passing the Inflation Reduction Act, the Affordable Care Act, and gun control legislation while she was the United States’ ambassador to the UN. The decision was made at a time when the White House is under fire for how it handled immigrant children who crossed the Southern border.
President Joe Biden issued a statement announcing the resignation that said, “Susan’s record of public service makes history as the only person to serve as both National Security Advisor and Domestic Policy Advisor.” The seriousness with which she approaches her position, the urgency and tenacity she brings, her predisposition towards action and outcomes, and the honesty, humility, and humor with which she approaches her job, however, distinguish her as a leader and colleague.
White House Prepares for a Probable Reelection Campaign
As the White House prepares for a probable reelection campaign and anticipates a showdown with congressional Republicans over extending the debt ceiling, Rice’s resignation leaves a significant gap in its top ranks. Neera Tanden, Biden’s staff secretary and a senior advisor, is one person being considered as a successor for her, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions who spoke to POLITICO. A senior White House official said separately that no successor had been found.
At the start of President Barack Obama’s second term, Rice served as U.N. ambassador before transitioning into the position of national security advisor. Since the beginning of the Biden administration, Rice has served as the head of the White House Domestic Policy Council.
When I announced Ambassador Susan Rice as my Domestic Policy Advisor, I startled a lot of people, Biden stated. Having previously held the positions of UN Ambassador and National Security Advisor, “Susan was associated with foreign policy. There is no one more capable and committed to achieving significant results for the American people than Susan Rice, as I understood back then and as we all now understand after more than two years of her steady leadership of the Domestic Policy Council.
With the passage of a significant Covid-19 relief bill, a bipartisan infrastructure overhaul, and last year’s Inflation Reduction Act, which included $369 billion to combat climate change and reduced the cost of prescription drugs for seniors, Rice, whose background had been almost entirely in foreign policy, presided over a historic two-year period of legislative activity.
Biden also signed a number of executive orders throughout her term that dealt with issues including student loans, healthcare, gun safety, and climate change. However, the administration’s handling of the U.S.-Mexico border and inability to stop a wave of asylum seekers who have clogged border officials have made the president open to further Republican criticism on the subject.