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CBC 'unequivocally' endorses Shalanda Young for White House budget chief

CBC 'unequivocally' endorses Shalanda Young for White House budget chief
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The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has thrown its weight behind Capitol Hill veteran Shalanda Young to become the new director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), telling the White House in a letter that Young has the group’s unequivocal support.

"It is our understanding that Shalanda Young has been thoroughly vetted for the position of Deputy Director and has received excellent reviews from both Democratic and Republican members of the Senate,” CBC Chair Joyce BeattyJoyce Birdson BeattyDemocrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote Biden's DOJ civil rights nominee faces sharp GOP criticism Congressional Black Caucus members post selfie celebrating first WH visit in four years MORE (D-Ohio), along with eight other members, wrote in the letter dated Tuesday and released Wednesday.

Shalanda Young is uniquely qualified to lead OMB and assume the responsibility for developing the President’s budget and supervising the administration of executive branch Agencies,” they wrote.

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President BidenJoe BidenObama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Biden, Harris commend Mondale in paving the way for female VP Mondale in last message to staff: 'Joe in the White House certainly helps' MORE is set to put forward another nominee for OMB director as soon as next week after his initial pick, Neera TandenNeera TandenFive ways an obscure Senate ruling could change Washington 2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet White House delays release of budget plan MORE, faced bipartisan opposition in the Senate, forcing her to withdraw her name for consideration.

The White House had for weeks continued to stand behind Tanden's nomination, despite it being unclear whether she would have the support needed for confirmation. Tanden's withdrawal for the top OMB role was announced Tuesday.

Young “certainly has my support,” Rep. G.K. ButterfieldGeorge (G.K.) Kenneth ButterfieldThe Memo: How liberal will the Biden presidency be? Democrats vow to go 'bold' — with or without GOP CBC 'unequivocally' endorses Shalanda Young for White House budget chief MORE (D-N.C.), a former CBC chair, previously told The Hill. “Everyone I’ve talked to says she is just a phenomenal appropriator; she understands the appropriations process. She has the support of both sides of the aisle."

Young has even received support from Senate Republicans, with Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults can get vaccine; decision Friday on J&J vax Senate GOP to face off over earmarks next week Senate GOP opens door to earmarks MORE (Ala.) — the top GOP member on the Senate Appropriations Committee — last Wednesday describing her as a “honest broker.”

“She would have my support, and I suspect many of my Republican colleagues would support her, as well,” Shelby said.

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Young was named the House Appropriations Committee’s Democratic staff director in 2017 after serving as a staffer for the panel since 2007. She was the first Black woman to be the House spending panel’s top aide and if nominated and confirmed, she would be the first woman of color to head the OMB.

She would also become the third Black woman in Biden’s Cabinet, joining U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-GreenfieldLinda Thomas-GreenfieldUN ambassador: America's ability to acknowledge its 'imperfections' is 'our strength' Sunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues Anti-Trump foreign policy group releases lawmaker rankings on global affairs MORE and Council of Economic Advisers Chair Cecilia RouseCecilia RouseThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden's infrastructure plan triggers definition debate Sunday shows - Infrastructure in the spotlight Biden economic adviser: 'It's important we upgrade our definition of infrastructure' MORE.

Other groups on Capitol Hill voiced support for Young on Wednesday, including the Democratic Women’s Caucus, the Caucus on Black Women and Girls, and the New Democrat Coalition.