Biden taps Shalanda Young to be OMB director in his second attempt to fill the key role

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  • He said in a video released Wednesday that President Joe Biden will nominate Shalanda Young and Nani Coloretti as deputy directors to serve as directors of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
  • The nomination comes at a time when the Biden administration is asking Congress to approve more than $2 trillion to be spent on two transformational bills.
  • Biden initially nominated Nira Tandon to head the OMB this past spring, but her nomination fell through over partisan attacks on social media against senators from both parties.

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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will nominate Shalanda Young to serve as director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, he said a video Released on Wednesday.

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Young currently serves as the office’s acting director, which is instrumental in both advising the president on the federal budget and how taxpayer money is spent.

Along with Young, Biden also said he would nominate nonprofit executive Nani Coloretti to serve as deputy director of OMB under Young.

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The nominations come as the Biden administration asks Congress to approve more than $2 trillion to be spent on two transformational bills. Part of the effort to sell the law would be to convince the public that the money would be spent judiciously, not wasted.

Young was most recently the director of staff for the House Appropriations Committee, where she spent much of her career. The powerful committee is the first stop on Congress’ huge annual appropriations bills, and the staff there has a keen understanding of how the federal budget is allocated.

Young is the second person Biden has chosen to head OMB. He first nominated Neera Tandon, director of the left-leaning Center for American Progress, for this work. But Tandon’s record of making personal attacks on social media against both Republican and progressive senators derailed his confirmation.

Unlike Tandon, Young enjoys broad bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. In March, the Senate confirmed Young as deputy director of the OMB in a 63–37 vote. More than a dozen Republicans voted for his confirmation.

If she is confirmed as OMB director, Young would become the first black woman to play a role typically occupied by white men. She will also be the third woman to head the OMB.

Coloretti, Biden’s choice for deputy director under Young, is currently senior vice president of financial and business strategy at the Urban Institute, an economic policy think tank widely seen as centre-left.

During the Obama administration, Coloretti spent three years as deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He also spent five years working in the Treasury Department, where he helped establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Coloretti’s HUD status required Senate confirmation in 2014. The Chamber voted 68–28 in favor of his confirmation.

Following the collapse of Tandon’s nomination 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 continue Biden’s pledge to surround himself with a diverse group of key White House staff. Coloretti is Filipino American, and if confirmed she would be the first Asian American woman to serve as deputy director of OMB.

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