Senate panels advance Shalanda Young nomination for deputy OMB director

Senate panels advance Shalanda Young nomination for deputy OMB director
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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Senate Budget Committee on Wednesday gave their stamps of approval for Shalanda Young to be deputy director of the White House Office and Management and Budget.

The Homeland Security panel advanced Young's nomination on a 7-6 vote along party lines in the morning, while the Budget panel approved her on a more bipartisan basis in a 14-8 vote in the afternoon. 

Her nomination for the No. 2 budget post comes amid growing speculation that she may soon get the top position following the withdrawal of President BidenJoe Biden28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Franklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning MORE's initial pick to lead the OMB, Neera TandenNeera TandenFormer OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Manchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Manchin touts rating as 'most bipartisan senator' MORE.


Top Democratic leaders in the House, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Lawmakers bicker over how to go after tax cheats House Republican: 'Absolutely bogus' for GOP to downplay Jan. 6 MORE (Calif.), Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauroHouse Democrats unveil .9 billion bill to boost security after insurrection Capitol Police watchdog back in spotlight amid security concerns Battle lines drawn over Biden's support for vaccine waivers MORE (Conn.) and the Congressional Black Caucus, are throwing their support behind Young for the OMB director job.

Biden has yet to announce his pick, and other candidates such as former National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling are reportedly under consideration. The White House has said it will appoint Young as acting OMB director as an interim step if she's confirmed for the deputy role.

The partisan split in the Wednesday-morning HSGAC vote came as somewhat of a surprise after Young received largely glowing reviews from Republicans who had worked with her as staff director for the House Appropriations Committee.

Some GOP senators said they had intended to vote for Young but were "troubled" by her written answer on support for repealing the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funds from being used for abortions.

"This is one where our country is so deeply divided on abortion, where we've been able to come together and decide, at a minimum, let's not tell people with a deep view based on their conscience on this, that they have to pay taxpayer funds for abortion," said Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanBipartisanship has become a partisan weapon Carper urges Biden to nominate ambassadors amid influx at border Fudge violated the Hatch Act, watchdog finds MORE (R-Ohio), the top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.


"I'm reluctantly going to vote 'no,'" he said.

Committee Chairman Gary PetersGary PetersHillicon Valley: Global cybersecurity leaders say they feel unprepared for attack | Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan | Senate panel approves bill that would invest billions in tech Senate panel approves bill that would invest billions in tech Top Democrat: FCC actions are a 'potential setback' to autonomous vehicles MORE (D-Mich.) said the decision by Republicans was confusing given that Young had committed to following current law, including the Hyde Amendment.

Updated at 2:45 p.m.