“We have worked closely with her for several years and highly recommend her for her intelligence, her deep expertise on the federal budget and her determination to ensure that our budget reflects our values as a nation,” they said.
The three executives were huddling on a separate issue Tuesday night when they learned that Tanden’s appointment had been withdrawn. They decided to immediately contact the White House, trying to bring Biden and a high-level aide, Steve Ricchetti, online. At first they were unsuccessful, leaving a message for Ricchetti, but Pelosi and Biden eventually spoke on the phone, according to a source close to the call.
The public approval of the Top Democrats before the White House even announced a replacement is unusual, but was made to further increase pressure on Biden’s team to choose Young, according to aides familiar with the decision.
“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 said in their statement Wednesday. “His leadership at OMB would be historic and send a strong message that this administration is eager to work in close coordination with members of Congress to develop budgets that meet the challenges of our time and can garner broad bipartisan support.”
The three executives also lobbied privately for Young to get the job, offering Young the director job even before Biden named Tanden, the CEO and chairman of the Liberal Center for American Progress.
In a statement Tuesday night, Tanden noted that it was clear she did not have the necessary Senate support for confirmation after at least one moderate Democrat objected to her nomination for her critical record of both Republicans and progressives on social media. Biden said Tanden will still play a role in his administration, but did not specify the position.
Pelosi, Hoyer and Clyburn said in their statement Wednesday that Tanden is “an exceptional public servant who has dedicated decades to fighting to advance the health, financial security and well-being of the American people.”
“We know she will continue to bring her progressive values, her bold vision for the future and her valuable perspective to the Democrats’ work to build back better,” House Democrats said of Tanden.
Democrats and Republicans congratulated Young on Tuesday during his first confirmation hearing for the post of deputy director. She is still scheduled to appear before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Thursday for her second review, a committee aide confirmed.
Young has extensive knowledge of federal spending after 14 years on the House Appropriations Committee, most recently as Clerk and Director of Personnel.
Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations panel, has previously said he would back Young if Biden appointed her as director. Other Republicans agreed on Tuesday.
“You will get my support, maybe for both jobs,” Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) told Young during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Budget Committee.
“Everyone who deals with you on our side has nothing but good things to say,” said Graham, a Republican ranked on the budget panel. “You could talk me out of voting for you, but I doubt it.”
Jennifer Scholtes contributed to this report.