Atlanta, Georgia 2021-03-02 21:19:45 –
The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday confirming that Governor of Rhode Island Gina Raimondo will serve as Secretary of Commerce for President Joe Biden and help guide the economic recovery during and after the coronavirus pandemic.
The vote was 84-15.
49-year-old Lymond was the first woman to be elected Governor of Rhode Island and is serving her second term. She is a Rhodes Scholarship student, graduated from Yale Law School and became a venture capitalist before turning to politics.
Lymond is responsible for driving the country’s economic growth, both domestically and internationally.
Later on Tuesday, the Senate voted 95-4 to confirm that Cecilia Rouse was chair of Biden’s Economic Advisory Board. Rouse will be the first black woman to lead CEA in 74 years of history.
Republican opposition to Lymond’s confirmation focused on concerns that it was not strong enough to counter the Chinese government’s efforts to gain economic and technological advantages through espionage.
In particular, Senator Ted Cruz of R-Texas said at a confirmation hearing that he was concerned that he refused to promise to leave Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei on the sector’s entity list. US companies need to obtain a license to sell advanced technology to the companies on the list.
She then told Senator that there was no reason to believe that the companies on the list shouldn’t be there. But the answer didn’t satisfy Cruz. He said it was easy for Lymond to promise to leave Huawei and others on the entity list.
“She repeatedly refused to do so,” Cruz said before the vote. “This seems to be part of a systematic decision pattern to accept the Communist Party of China.”
Biden said China was facing “extreme competition” with the United States under his administration, but said the new relationship he wanted to build did not have to be one of the conflicts.
The COVID-19 pandemic that occurred in China also strained relations between the two countries, and members of both US political parties strive to emphasize any adaptations that the other side sees as making to China.
Much of Lymond’s work focuses on regional economic issues. Coastal lawmakers are seeking help to protect their precious fisheries. Local state lawmakers want more investment in broadband. She confirmed at a confirmation hearing that she was interested in working with them on these issues and emphasized the need to address climate change. As governor, she said she oversaw the construction of the country’s first offshore wind farm.
“We are looking for someone with private sector experience who can participate and help us to actually move the administration’s agenda forward, so for me, Governor Lymond’s private sector experience really is. It makes a lot of sense, “said Senator Maria Cantwell, Democratic Chairman of the Senate Trade, Science and Transportation Commission. “She knows how to invest in new technologies and things that will help us grow our future jobs, and how to match our workforce with those job opportunities.”
The Department of Commerce consists of 12 departments and agencies, including the National Weather Service, the United States Census Bureau, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Lymond will oversee the work of more than 40,000 employees.
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