WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will appoint Shalanda Young as budget manager on Wednesday months after his initial pick was forced to withdraw her appointment over congressional objections, according to a source close to his decision.
Young, who has served as interim director of the Bureau of Management and Budget since she was confirmed as Biden’s choice for deputy budget director in March, would become the first black woman to hold the post.
As budget manager, Young would permanently head the powerful executive office and play an outsized role in overseeing Biden’s economic agenda, including working with federal agencies to oversee the implementation of the Biden infrastructure bill. $ 1,000 billion recently passed and potentially the president’s more radical social and climate spending. bill if he survives the Senate.
Although Young went through her confirmation process in a bipartisan 63-27 vote that included the support of more than a dozen Republicans, she will again need Senate confirmation to take on that role on a permanent basis. In the meantime, she will continue to serve as the interim director, according to the source, who requested anonymity to discuss the details of the announcement.
A White House spokesperson declined to comment.
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The announcement comes months after Biden’s top pick Neera Tanden was forced to withdraw his critical role nomination after the Republican backlash. Tanden faced a murderous confirmation process in which she was repeatedly forced to apologize for the controversial statements she made about Republicans while leading the left-wing think tank Center for American Progress. She has since served as an advisor to the president and was appointed Biden’s personnel secretary last month.
Young, who has over 14 years of experience in different roles on the House Appropriations Committee, was instrumental in shaping the coronavirus relief legislation passed earlier this year.