“Everyone who deals with you on our side has nothing but good things to say. You could talk me out of voting for you, but I doubt it, ”Graham said.
In her previous role as the personnel director of the House Appropriations Committee, Young established a solid reputation with lawmakers on both sides as she led negotiations on bipartisan funding agreements. In contrast, lawmakers have expressed concern that Tanden’s harsh comments about sitting lawmakers could hamper his ability to work with Congress to implement Biden’s political priorities.
“You may be more than an MP,” Senator John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) Told Young. “I don’t expect you to comment on this.”
Young noted that Tanden “apologized profusely” for a prolific story of tweets criticizing and insulting politicians from both parties, including Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
As a longtime congressional assistant, Young said her political background would complement the expertise of Tanden, who headed the Liberal Center for American Progress. “I think we both bring skills in different areas where we would make a great team if we were both established,” she said.
The two nominees have gotten to know each other over the past few weeks and “haven’t had much interaction before,” Young said.
After Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.V.) announced last month that he would not support Tanden’s appointment as OMB director, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) Said that he would vote for Young if the president replaced her. nomination for the highest position.
President Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (DS.C.) also backed Young for the post of director before the White House appointed Tanden, according to two sources close to the situation.
At Young’s confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Senate Appropriations Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Recalled the night a deal was reached to end the 35-day government shutdown in 2019 .
“Luckily, Shalanda was with us,” Leahy said, thanking Young for having a vast knowledge of federal programs, an understanding of the political process and a determination to help the country.
“We came to a solution,” Leahy said. “This is what Shalanda is best at. She knows how to work across the aisle to make a deal. “