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 BeattyJackson Lee is third CBC member in three weeks to be arrested protesting for voting rights 'Good Trouble': Black caucus embraces civil disobedience Ethics panel taking no action after Joyce Beatty's arrest at protest 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 BidenFirst lady leaves Walter Reed after foot procedure Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News MORE is set to put forward another nominee for OMB director as soon as next week after his initial pick, Neera TandenNeera TandenThe Hill's Morning Report - Will Schumer back down on his deadline? Biden's budget vacancy raises eyebrows White House releases staff salaries showing narrowed gender pay gap 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 ButterfieldBlack Caucus presses Democratic leaders to expedite action on voting rights Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack Lobbying world 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 ShelbySenate passes .1 billion Capitol security bill Democrats ramp up pressure for infrastructure deal amid time crunch Overnight Defense: Senators reach billion deal on emergency Capitol security bill | House panel looks to help military sexual assault survivors | US increases airstrikes to help Afghan forces fight Taliban 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-GreenfieldUS delegation departs Haiti after reports of gunshots at ex-president's funeral Biden announces delegation to attend Haitian president's funeral State, Dems call out Cruz over holds ahead of key Russian talks MORE and Council of Economic Advisers Chair Cecilia RouseCecilia RouseOn The Money: Inflation spike puts Biden on defensive | Senate Democrats hit spending speed bumps | Larry Summers huddles with WH team Larry Summers, White House officials meet to discuss Biden agenda Biden releases T budget that foresees decade of trillion-dollar deficits 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.