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House Democratic Leaders, Congressional Black Caucus Back Shalanda Young as OMB Director

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Shalanda Young testifies during a Senate Budget Committee hearing to examine her nomination to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Shalanda Young testifies during a Senate Budget Committee hearing to examine her nomination to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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House De­mo­c­ratic Leaders, Con­gres­sional Black Caucus Back Shalanda Young as OMB Director

BY SPECTRUM NEWS STAFF NATIONWIDE
UPDATED 4:17 PM ET MAR. 03, 2021 PUBLISHED 1:17 PM ET MAR. 03, 2021
 

With Neera Tanden's nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget in the rearview mirror, House Democrats have their eye toward the person put forward to be her deputy: Shalanda Young.


What You Need To Know

  • House Democratic Leaders are pushing for Shalanda Young, Biden's nominee for Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, to lead the department following Neera Tanden's nomination being withdrawn

  • During her confirmation hearings for deputy OMB director, she drew widespread praise from Republicans, including Sens. Lindsey Graham and John Kennedy, who indicated they'd support her for the 

  • Young was previously a staff director on the House Appropriations Committee, where she drew widespread bipartisan praise for her role in negotiating bipartisan funding deals

  • White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday that "you should not expect any announcement on a future nominee [for OMB Director] this week"

"We have worked closely with her for several years and highly recommend her for her intellect, her deep expertise on the federal budget and her determination to ensure that our budget reflects our values as a nation," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) said in a statement. "Her legislative prowess, extensive knowledge of federal agencies, incisive strategic mind and proven track record will be a tremendous asset to the Biden-Harris Administration."

The Congressional Black Caucus also offered their endorsement of Young in a letter signed by CBC Chair Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) and eight other members.

"It is our understanding that Shalanda Young has been thoroughly vetted for the position of Deputy Director and has received excellent reviews from both Democratic and Republican members of the Senate," the letter reads. "Shalanda Young is uniquely qualified to lead OMB and assume the responsibility for developing the President’s budget and supervising the administration of executive branch Agencies."






Young, Biden's nominee for Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, was previously a staff director on the House Appropriations Committee, where she drew widespread bipartisan praise for her role in negotiating bipartisan funding deals. Young would be the first Black woman to lead OMB.

While Tanden drew critcism from Republican lawmakers in her confirmation hearings, Young drew rave reviews from GOP senators.

"You’ll get my support, maybe for both jobs," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Young. "Everybody who deals with you on our side has nothing but good things to say. You might talk me out of voting for you, but I doubt it."

"You may be more than deputy," Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA.) told her, adding: "I don’t expect you to comment on that."

During the hearings, as Senate President Pro Tem Patrick Leahy (D-VT) recalled lamakers negotiating the end to a 2019 shutdown, which lasted for 35 days, he said: "Fortunately,Shalanda was with us."

"We reached a solution," Leahy added. "That's what Shalanda is best at. She knows how to work across the aisle to get a deal done."

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) also offered his endorsement: "She would have my support, and I suspect many of my Republican colleagues would support her, as well."

On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that "you should not expect any announcement on a future nominee [for OMB Director] this week."

"The President is looking forward to finding a place for her in the administration and values her experience and her talents," Psaki said of Tanden. "We certainly understood from the beginning that every nominee would not receive 93 votes. But we remain confident and confidently behind the nomination."

Psaki urged the Senate to move faster on confirming Biden's remaining Cabinet nominees: "We certainly believe that the Senate should move forward with the approximately half a dozen or about five, I believe, Cabinet-level nominees who have still not been confirmed, because it is essential."

CNN reports that lawmakers have signaled their support to the White House for Young to take on the OMB Director nomination, but the White House has not yet decided on a replacement.

"She would cruise through," a GOP Senator told CNN, with a Democrat calling her nomination a "layup."

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