Economists support Trump's pick to lead White House economic council

Economists support Trump's pick to lead White House economic council
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An ideologically diverse group of 44 economists on Monday expressed support for President Trump’s pick to head up the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers.

The economists urged the Senate Banking Committee to quickly confirm Kevin Hassett, an economist with the American Enterprise Institute, to lead the Trump administration's economic policy ahead of his nomination hearing slated at the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday.

“While we disagree on many issues, as economists we all agree that the nation would be well served if Kevin Hassett is confirmed as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers,” the economists wrote in a letter to Banking Chairman Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoChamber of Commerce, banking industry groups call on Senate to pass corporate diversity bill Senate panel advances Trump Fed nominee who recently supported gold standard Senate panel to vote on controversial Trump Fed pick Shelton MORE (R-Idaho) and panel ranking member Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownOvernight Defense: Guardsman to testify Lafayette Square clearing was 'unprovoked escalation' | Dems push for controversial Pentagon nominee to withdraw | Watchdog says Pentagon not considering climate change risks to contractors Democrats urge controversial Pentagon policy nominee to withdraw Chamber of Commerce, banking industry groups call on Senate to pass corporate diversity bill MORE (D-Ohio).


“While the signers of this letter hold a range of views on President Trump’s policies, we all believe that the formulation of economic policy would be advanced by the analysis and advice that Dr. Hassett would bring to the table,” they wrote. 

Nominated in April, Hassett has served in government, worked for conservative-leaning think tanks, advised Republican presidential candidates and taught at Columbia University.

So far, he is the only person who has been nominated for the three-member council of economic advisers. 

He began worked for AEI in 1997 and during that time advised Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainAsian American voters could make a difference in 2020 Budowsky: Trump October surprise could devastate GOP The Memo: Biden seeks to peel older voters from Trump MORE (R-Ariz.) during his 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns, as well as Republican Mitt Romney in 2012.

The CEA, which the Trump administration has so far operated without, offers the president economic advice and recommendations to help formulate policy on issues such as the monthly job report.

Hassett, who worked at the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department for President George H.W. Bush and President Clinton, “has a record of serious scholarship” on a wide range of topics from tax policy to business investment and energy, the letter says.

"We appreciate that Hassett has consistently made an effort to reach out to a wide range of people from across the ideological spectrum both to promote economic dialogue and to collaborate on research and public policy proposals," the economists wrote. 

The signers of the letter include former CEA chairmen for President Obama Jason FurmanJason FurmanIn surprise, unemployment rate falls, economy adds jobs Overnight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims The Memo: Scale of economic crisis sends shudders through nation MORE and Alan Krueger, former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Jared Bernstein, a former chief economist for Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency Abrams: Trump 'doing his best to undermine our confidence' in voting system MORE, Doug Elmendorf, former head of the Congressional Budget Office, Justin Wolfers, an economics professor at the University of Michigan and Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics.