President Joe Biden on Wednesday nominated Shalanda Young to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget, a position that has been unfinished for months.
Young has served as acting budget director since March, but will now officially step into the role as the Biden administration works to implement its economic agenda. This includes a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package and a more than $1 trillion infrastructure plan, with a $1.7 trillion social safety net and climate change package likely to be passed by Congress in the coming weeks.
“Office management and the budget have been called the nerve center of our government,” Biden said in a video announcement, “This is an agency that not only helps me budget, but also makes sure your tax dollars are spent efficiently and effectively.”
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Young, a longtime veteran of the House Appropriations Committee, was confirmed as OMB’s deputy director earlier this year in a bipartisan 63-37 vote. If she is re-confirmed by the Senate, Young will become the first black woman to lead the office.
Nira Tandon, who was serving as acting director after Biden’s initial choice to lead the agency, was retracted on Twitter over her previous comments criticizing Republicans and Democrats in the Senate. Tandon now serves as the White House staff secretary, which does not require Senate confirmation.
Biden said Young “continues to impress me and Congressional leaders” in his eight months as acting director.
The president said he would also nominate Nani Coloretti as deputy director of the OMB; Coloretti is currently the Senior Vice President of Financial and Business Strategy at the Urban Institute and serves in the Obama administration. Biden said Coloretti would be one of the senior-most Asian Americans in the government.
In the video announcement, Biden said that both Young and Coloretti had been confirmed before with bipartisan support and urged the Senate to “rapidly reaffirm them so that they can lead the OMB at this critical time.”
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