President Biden Chooses Shalanda Young to Lead White House Budget Office

In Summary

If Shalanda Young is confirmed by the Senate, she will be the first Black woman to be responsible for leading the Office of Management and Budget.

President Joe Biden has made another milestone announcement as he chose two women of color to lead the White House budget office, according to the Associated Press

Shalanda Young would be the first Black woman to lead the Office of Management and Budget if she is confirmed by the Senate. Nani Coloretti, who is a Filipino American, would be Young’s deputy. She would be one of the highest-ranking Asian Americans in government, according to the Associated Press. 

RELATED: Shalanda Young Getting Strong, Bipartisan Support for Top OMB Post

“Shalanda Young and Nani Coloretti are two of the most experienced, qualified people to lead OMB,” President Biden said in a video announcement.  

In the eight months that Young was acting director of OMB, Biden said, “She has continued to impress me and congressional leaders as well.” 

He turned to Young after his original choice to be budget director, Neera Tanden, came under bipartisan scrutiny. Sen. Joe Manchin became the first Democrat to be against Tanden’s nomination and she eventually withdrew herself from consideration

RELATED: Tanden facing new hurdles after Senate panels delay meetings

For Young, she’ll face a Senate confirmation vote but in March, she was confirmed as deputy director of OMB on a 63-37 vote which included more than 12 Republicans. 

Young, who used to be deputy secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, also has support from top Democratic leaders such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to the Associated Press. 

“President Biden’s nomination of Shalanda Young as Director of the Office of Management and Budget is historic and well-deserved,” Pelosi said in a statement

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While in Congress, Young has handled $1.3 trillion in annual appropriations, COVID-19 spending and disaster aid, according to the Associated Press. 

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