Home Democratic leaders again Shalanda Younger for OMB director
Shalanda D. Young, who has been appointed Deputy Director of the Office of Administration and Budget, will be sworn in on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in her confirmation of the Senate Budget Committee in the Dirksen building.
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House Democratic leaders approved Shalanda Young as director of the administration and budget on Wednesday.
The move by Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn came a day after President Joe Biden withdrew his appointment of Neera Tanden as OMB director at her request.
Young is Biden’s choice for Assistant Treasurer and a former top Democratic adviser on the House Appropriations Committee.
“We have worked closely with her for several years and we highly recommend her because of her intellect, extensive expertise in the federal budget, and determination to ensure that our budget reflects our values as a nation,” Pelosi, Hoyer and Clyburn said in a statement.
Tanden, president of the left-wing think tank Center for American Progress, pulled out during her approval process because of her previous criticisms of lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle.
This criticism was archived in the 1,000+ tweets that Tanden reportedly deleted prior to the verification process commencing.
Three Senators – Joe Manchin, DW.V., Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Susan Collins, R-Maine – said they would vote against them, effectively ruining their chances of winning the nomination.
Tanden’s withdrawal makes her the first candidate in the Biden cabinet not to receive Senate approval.
In a Senate Budget Committee hearing Tuesday, Young received praise from Democrats and Republicans alike, as Tanden’s nomination seemed increasingly unlikely.
“You will get my support, maybe for both jobs,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., told Young.
“You can be more than just a deputy,” said Senator John Kennedy, R-La., During the hearing.
Young does not have a Twitter account.
The White House has not yet named a new candidate for the role of OMB director.
“You shouldn’t expect an announcement of a future candidate this week,” said Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, at a briefing on Wednesday.