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The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs is meeting for a hearing on two of Biden’s nominees: Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) to lead the Department of Housing & Urban Development, and Cecilia Rouse to chair the Council of Economic Advisers.
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The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs is meeting for a hearing on two of Biden’s nominees: Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) to lead the Department of Housing & Urban Development, and Cecilia Rouse to chair the Council of Economic Advisers. If confirmed, Rouse would be the first woman of color to serve in her role, and Fudge would be just the second Black woman to lead the department.

Just this week, Biden unveiled his economic priorities as they relate to the advancement of racial justice. He has directed the Department of Housing & Urban Development to reassess the previous administration’s application of a Fair Housing Act rule to combat housing discrimination, especially the suburbs. Former Pres. Trump rolled back the rule, claiming enforcing anti-discrimination programs would lead to ‘suburb destruction,’ a racist dogwhistle that did nothing to end segregation in housing. He has also laid out a wide array of economic plans as part of the American Rescue Plan which, if enacted, the White House says would lift over 8 million Black, Latinx, and Asian Americans out of poverty and assist in pandemic recovery.

Fudge and Rouse are likely to face questions about Biden's agenda in their confirmation hearing today.

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