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The debt limit is not a tool for "extortion," Biden adviser Lael Brainard says

The new head of the National Economic Council on inflation, supply chains, jobs and post-SVB bank regulation.
The investing in America agenda “is transformative," Lael Brainard says. "It has the power to reindustrialize the U.S. economy."
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The Fed's Lael Brainard is leaving monetary policy for fiscal policy

Feb 14, 2023
It takes a versatile person to go from setting interest rates to setting an economic agenda, one expert says.
Economist Lael Brainard will be the next director of the National Economic Council, the White House announced Tuesday.
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How Kudlow might handle his new role as Trump's economic adviser

Mar 15, 2018
President Trump has tapped CNBC commentator Lawrence Kudlow to head the National Economic Council. So where does Kudlow stand on tax cuts, protectionist tariffs, and government regulation? What kind of adviser will he be to the president on economic issues? Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Does Donald Trump dislike economists?

Feb 10, 2017
The chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers is usually part of the president’s cabinet, but that won’t be the case in Donald Trump’s White House. Plus, Trump hasn’t even nominated anyone for the slot yet. What’s the upshot of this demotion? Some suspect it has more to do with politics than anything […]

Jeffrey Zients is not an economist

Mar 5, 2014
And the new National Economic Council boss is not a longtime political insider, either