Biden Nominates Shalanda Young to Lead Office of Management and Budget

Office of Management and Budget acting director Shalanda Young answers questions during a Senate Budget Committee hearing to discuss President Biden’s budget request for FY 2022, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 8, 2021. Greg Nash/Pool via REUTERS

President Biden on Wednesday nominated Shalanda Young to head up the Office of Management and Budget, filling a leadership role that has sat empty for months since he withdrew his first choice, Neera Tanden, amid bipartisan criticism.

Young, who has been the agency’s acting director since being confirmed as deputy budget director in March, would be the first black woman to lead OMB if the Senate approves her nomination.

Tanden sank any chances of her confirmation by posting a series of profanity-laced tweets in recent years about both Republicans and Democrats, including some senators whose support she needed to win confirmation to the post.

But Young, who was confirmed by a 63-37 Senate vote and has broad support on Capitol Hill, is no stranger to controversy herself.

She described access to abortion as a matter of “racial justice” on a confirmation questionnaire in response to a query about the pro-life Hyde Amendment.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Mark Moore

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