Susan Rice, the former National Security Advisor, and United Nations Ambassador has announced that she will be stepping down as President Joe Biden’s Domestic Policy Advisor.
Rice’s departure comes after two years of steady leadership of the Domestic Policy Council, during which she expanded and strengthened the Affordable Care Act, released a comprehensive national mental health strategy, enabled Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices for seniors, and cap the cost of insulin at $35.
She also helped to reduce gun violence, advance police reform, and address our failed approach to marijuana.
Rice has been praised by Biden for her hard work, determination, and dedication to the American people. As the only person to serve as both National Security Advisor and Domestic Policy Advisor, Rice’s record of public service makes history. Her departure comes before Biden is expected to officially announce his re-election campaign this week.
Politico has reported that Neera Tanden, Biden’s staff secretary and senior adviser, is being considered among others to replace Rice. However, no replacement has been finalized, a top White House official separately told the outlet.
As Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Rice drove the formulation and implementation of Biden’s domestic policy agenda, from economic mobility and racial equity to health care and immigration. She has been a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and has also served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and Director for International Organizations and Peacekeeping at the National Security Council under President Clinton from 1993-2001.