December 14, 2020

Van Hollen Meets with Biden Nominee Dr. Cecilia Rouse

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committees on Budget and on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs released the following statement regarding his virtual meeting on Friday with Dr. Cecilia Rouse, President-elect Biden’s nominee to serve as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). During the meeting, the Senator and Dr. Rouse discussed economic priorities for the new administration, including the Senator’s efforts to reduce the growing crisis of long-term unemployment.

“As our country faces the unprecedented economic challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, we need strong leadership and expertise to see us through. Dr. Cecilia Rouse fits this bill – she is both extremely qualified and fully prepared to serve as the Chair of President-elect Biden’s Council of Economic Advisors. During our call, Dr. Rouse and I discussed the huge challenges our nation faces and the need to accelerate job and wage growth and build a more inclusive economy with expanded opportunity for all. Among other issues, we spoke extensively on the historic crisis our nation is facing on long-term unemployment – and the need for action to help Americans get back into the workforce. I am confident that she will use her experience to our nation’s benefit and fight for an America that provides equal opportunity to all of our citizens. I am committed to working with her to reach this vital objective.”