White House chief of staff: Young a 'very serious candidate' for OMB director

White House chief of staff: Young a 'very serious candidate' for OMB director
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White House chief of staff Ron KlainRon KlainDemocrats must discuss 'Build Back Better's' content, not just its cost Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims White House debates vaccines for air travel MORE said Tuesday that Shalanda Young is a “very serious candidate” to be President BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE’s nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

“She is certainly a very serious candidate for the leadership position in OMB,” Klain said during an interview with Punchbowl News on Tuesday evening.

Young, whom Biden has already nominated to serve as deputy director of OMB, is a favorite for the position among Democrats on Capitol Hill. Biden has not yet announced a new nominee since Neera TandenNeera TandenCapito grills EPA nominee on '#ResistCapitalism' tweet Senate backlog of Biden nominees frustrates White House Harris hosts CEOs, executives at White House to discuss affordable childcare MORE withdrew as his first nominee for OMB director last week, and Klain’s remarks on Tuesday indicated a decision could be some time away.


Klain said the administration is focused on getting the rest of Biden’s Cabinet confirmed and suggested that Biden would nominate an OMB director after Young is confirmed as deputy director. Young will face two committee votes on Wednesday to advance her nomination to the Senate floor.

“I think Shalanda Young is very much on that list,” Klain said of individuals Biden is considering for the position. “We’re grateful to have her as part of the team.”

Klain also said that the White House is “looking for a spot” for Tanden in the administration that does not require Senate confirmation. Tanden withdrew before her nomination was put to committee votes last week, as she appeared to lack the votes needed to be confirmed. Those who opposed Tanden’s nomination, including Republicans and Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Poll from liberal group shows more voters in key states back .5T bill Why Democrats opposing Biden's tax plan have it wrong MORE (D-W.Va.), cited her critical tweets targeting Republicans.

“The president thinks Neera is incredibly talented as a policy adviser,” Klain said.

Young, a longtime staffer on the House Appropriations Committee, has received backing from Democratic leaders, the Congressional Black Caucus and the New Democratic Coalition. Other names have been floated as potential nominees, including Ann O’Leary, a former chief of staff to California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia to launch program tracking violent deaths in LGBTQ+ community California governor signs legislation targeting Amazon warehouse speed quotas Newsom signs privacy laws for abortion providers and patients MORE (D); former National Economic Council head Gene Sperling; and former Biden aide Sarah Bianchi.

White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden does not plan to shield Trump docs in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Arizona recount to show Trump's loss by even wider margin Watch live: Psaki, Homeland Secretary Mayorkas hold press briefing MORE said last week that Biden would wait until at least this week to make an announcement but did not offer a specific timetable. She also said Young could serve as acting director while Biden settles on his nominee.