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Capitol Hill has picked Shalanda Young to lead OMB -- but Biden hasn't yet

March 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Congressional Democrats are pushing President Joe Biden to nominate Shalanda Young to lead the Office of Management and Budget after Neera Tanden withdrew her nomination amid opposition in the Senate.

(CNN)Congressional Democrats are pushing President Joe Biden to nominate Shalanda Young to lead the Office of Management and Budget after Neera Tanden withdrew her nomination amid opposition in the Senate.

Young is Biden's nominee to serve as deputy director of the office and currently serves as staff director and clerk for the House Appropriations Committee.

"We certainly know there's lots of support on Capitol Hill, and again (Biden) thinks so highly of her, he nominated her to serve in a senior role," Psaki said at a White House briefing.

Psaki described Young as "incredibly qualified and well-respected," and said the White House is hoping to have her confirmed by the Senate as deputy director so that she can step into the role of acting director in the interim.

Young was the first Black woman to serve as the staff director of the House Appropriations Committee.

The Congressional Black Caucus on Thursday expressed strong support for Young to be Biden's OMB director nominee.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said this week that Young is "highly qualified" for the job.

Young testified before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Thursday morning as Biden's nominee for deputy OMB director.

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