Shalanda D. Young, candidate for deputy director of the Office for Administration and Budget, will be sworn in on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in the Dirksen House in her confirmation of the Senate Budget Committee.
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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will nominate Shalanda Young as director of the White House’s office of management and budget, he said in a video released Wednesday.
Young currently serves as the assistant director of the office, which plays a key role in both advising the president on the federal budget and overseeing the use of taxpayers’ money.
In addition to Young, Biden also said he would nominate Nani Coloretti as the deputy director of OMB under Young.
The nominations come as the Biden administration calls on Congress to approve more than $ 2 trillion in spending on two transformative bills. Part of the effort to sell the legislation will be to convince the public that the money is being spent wisely, not wasted.
Young was most recently the Human Resources Director of the House Appropriations Committee, where she spent much of her career. The powerful committee is the first port of call for the huge annual budget bills of Congress, and the staff there have a thorough understanding of how the federal budget is distributed.
Young is the second person Biden has chosen to lead OMB. He initially nominated Neera Tanden, longtime director of the left-wing Center for American Progress, for the job. But Tanden’s record of personal attacks on social media against both Republican and progressive senators derailed their confirmation.
Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden’s candidate for director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), testifies during a Senate committee budget hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 10, 2021.
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Unlike Tanden, Young enjoys broad bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. In March, the Senate confirmed Young as deputy director of OMB by 63 votes to 37. More than a dozen Republicans voted for their endorsement.
If confirmed as OMB director, Young will be the first black woman to hold a role normally played by white men. She would also become the third woman to ever lead OMB.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-California, praised Young in a statement Wednesday, saying she had proven herself to be a master of the approval process. With her intellect and expertise, she has worked to ensure that our federal budget matches our values as a nation. “
Coloretti, Biden’s election as assistant director under Young, is currently senior vice president of finance and business strategy at the Urban Institute, an economic think tank widely regarded as a center-left society.
During the Obama administration, Coloretti was Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for three years. She also worked at the Treasury Department for five years, helping set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Coloretti’s HUD position had to be confirmed by the Senate in 2014. The board voted 68 to 28 for their confirmation.
After Tanden’s nomination failed this spring, the fact that the Senate has already confirmed Young and Coloretti with comfortable margins is a key factor in their nominations – and one that the White House highlighted in its announcement.
They also carry on Biden’s promise to surround yourself with a diverse group of key White House staff. Coloretti is a Filipino American, and if confirmed, she would be the first Asian American to serve as OMB’s assistant director.