Biden noted the Senate had already confirmed both women to federal posts with “strong bipartisan support.” “
The Washington Post first reported the decision. It follows months of pressure from congressional leadership, who wanted Young to be promoted from her current position as acting director after Neera Tanden was withdrawn from the top job in March. Young is a long-standing aide to the House Appropriations Committee. This rapport will be tested when the White House attempts to negotiate a funding deal for the government in the midst of a cross-party dispute.
Coloretti, a senior vice-president at the Urban Institute, was previously a deputy secretary for Housing and Urban Development. The Senate confirmed her for that position at the time in a 68-28 vote.
Several Republican senators said that they would support Young’s nomination for the White House budget officer. This will likely allow for quick confirmation to head an agency responsible for executing Biden’s economic agenda.
Senators were suggesting that they would prefer Young to be the top OMB official over Tanden when lawmakers were considering Young’s nomination for deputy director. Tanden’s nomination was withdrawn because of the tone of her social media posts. “You’ll get mine support, maybe for both positions,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R.S.C.), told Young during her March confirmation hearing.
Young is an expert on the federal budget and the spending process thanks to her 14 years spent working with the House Appropriations Committee. She has increased pressure on Congress to pass annual spending bills. Federal cash is due to run out Dec. 3. Republicans are weighing support for a yearlong continuing solution to keep Democrats at Trump-era funding levels. Young warned that this will hinder public health efforts and harm military readiness.
Young will, if confirmed, be expected to play a crucial role in the implementation of Biden’s economic agenda. This includes the social spending bill Democrats want to enact.
The job of White House budget director will be more difficult if Republicans win the House or Senate next year’s midterm election. This is because high-stakes fiscal disagreements between congressional leaders, and the president, are the norm in a divided government.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, along with other top Democrats, first supported Young for OMB director back in March. Many Democrats continue to be puzzled over why the White House didn’t nominate Young sooner.
We have been working closely with her over many years and highly recommend her intellect, deep expertise on federal budgets and her determination for making sure our budget reflects our national values,” Pelosi said in a statement she made with Majority Leader Steny Hopyer (D-S.C.), earlier this year.
“Her legislative prowess and extensive knowledge of federal agencies will be a tremendous benefit to the Biden-Harris Administration,” Pelosi wrote in March.
Jennifer Scholtes contributed to this report.