Kushner makes White House policy power play

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Jared Kushner is pushing to install an ally as director of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council, a move that would place his stamp on a little-known but influential office that shapes some of President Donald Trump’s biggest agenda items.

The front-runner to take the job is Brooke Rollins, an assistant to the president and former top aide to then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry who has worked closely with Kushner on his prison reform legislation.

While the appointment is not final, Rollins’ ascension at the DPC would give Kushner a foothold in an often unsung corner of the White House, which coordinates policy areas including education, transportation, housing, labor and health care. Over the past two years, the council has developed changes to the Affordable Care Act, crafted an executive order on welfare reform and played a key role in several legislative debates such as the farm bill, prison reform and an effort to rein in drug prices.

Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, has long eyed the policy council as a way to gain yet another platform inside the West Wing, said one Republican close to the White House. Kushner already oversees the prison reform work and the effort to broker peace in the Middle East, in addition to playing a key role in trade negotiations such as NAFTA. And he has successfully installed allies in other key policy positions, including Chris Liddell, now the deputy chief of staff for policy coordination.

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