Even when lawmakers selected Young for the post of deputy director earlier this year, senators hinted they preferred her for the OMB’s top post at Tanden, whose appointment was withdrawn after the lawmakers have challenged the tone of his social media posts. “You will get my support, maybe for both jobs,” Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) told Young during her confirmation hearing in March.
Young has extensive knowledge of the federal budget and the spending process through his 14 years of work on the House Appropriations Committee. In recent weeks, she has stepped up pressure on Congress to negotiate annual spending bills, with federal liquidity set to dry up on December 3. which Young says will hamper public health efforts and undermine military readiness, among other things.
The job of the White House budget manager will likely be even more difficult if Republicans take over the House or Senate in next year’s midterm election, as high-stakes budget deadlocks between Congressional leaders and the president are the norm in a divided government.
President Nancy Pelosi and other leading Democrats first endorsed the director of Young for OMB in March. And a number of Democrats continued to wonder why the White House didn’t name her sooner.
“We have worked closely with her for several years and highly recommend her for her intelligence, her deep expertise in the federal budget and her determination to ensure that our budget reflects our values as a nation,” Pelosi wrote in a statement. with Majority Leader Steny. Hoyer and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn earlier this year.
“His legislative prowess, his in-depth knowledge of federal agencies, his incisive strategic mind and his proven track record will be a tremendous asset to the Biden-Harris administration,” they wrote in March.
Jennifer Scholtes contributed to this report.