Aides to the president-elect stated on Wednesday that he meant to announce extra members of his financial staff this coming week after choosing Janet L. Yellen, a former Federal Reserve chair, to be his Treasury secretary.
Mr. Biden may decide Roger W. Ferguson Jr., an economist who was vice chair of the Federal Reserve and was underneath critical consideration for the Treasury job, to steer the Nationwide Financial Council or a brand new board overseeing the restoration from the recession.
Selecting Mr. Ferguson, who’s Black, to steer the council would assist Mr. Biden preserve a promise to make his administration seem like the remainder of America. Different names into account for the place are white males, together with Bruce Reed, a former chief of workers to Mr. Biden, and Austan Goolsbee, an economist who was chairman of Mr. Obama’s Council of Financial Advisers. Gene Sperling, a veteran financial adviser courting again to the Clinton administration, is one other risk, as is Brian Deese, who was deputy director of the Nationwide Financial Council underneath Mr. Obama.
Mr. Reed, a famous centrist and deficit hawk, was Mr. Clinton’s home coverage director, and helped develop the welfare overhaul that Mr. Clinton signed into regulation requiring work and setting deadlines.
He has come underneath hearth from distinguished liberal members of Congress, together with Consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who additionally oppose his consideration to steer the Workplace of Administration and Funds, which helps the White Home decide financial priorities. However blocking Mr. Reed, who traveled with Mr. Biden for a lot of the marketing campaign, from the funds workplace put up might solely guarantee he winds up within the West Wing, the place the president-elect may make him a senior adviser.
To lead the Agriculture Department, Consultant James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, the highest-ranking Black member of Congress, is pushing for Consultant Marcia L. Fudge, an African-American Democrat from Ohio. Mr. Clyburn, an early and essential backer of Mr. Biden, has stated the division must be targeted extra on starvation.
However traditionalists keen to maintain a voice from rural America within the put up are advocating Heidi Heitkamp, a former senator from North Dakota, or Tom Vilsack, the previous Iowa governor who served as agriculture secretary for Mr. Obama.