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Monday, November 29, 2021

Biden picks women of color to head White House budget office

by Darlene Superville and Alexandra Jaffe

NANTUKET, Mass (AP) – Two women of color are the choice of President Joe Biden to head the White House budget office, his first choice after a milestone for the powerful agency criticized over his past attacks on lawmakers on both sides. After it was withdrawn.

If confirmed by the Senate, Shalanda Young would become the first black woman in charge of the Office of Management and Budget, while Coloretti, a Filipino American nanny, would serve as Young’s deputy, making Coloretti among the highest-ranking Asian Americans in the government. will become one. ,

“It is an honor for me to nominate two extraordinary, history-making women today to lead the Office of Management and Budget,” Biden said in a video announcement released Wednesday.

“He continues to impress me and Congressional leaders as well,” Biden said of Young, who has been acting director for much of the year. Biden turned to Young after his first nominee for budget director Nira Tandon came under bipartisan criticism.

Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat who has become a key vote for Biden’s agenda in a 50–50 chamber split, was the first Democrat to oppose Tandon’s nomination and, lacking the required votes, he eventually considered. Withdrew from

Biden later hired Tandon at the White House, where she is the staff secretary and senior adviser to the president.

Young faces a Senate confirmation vote, although it was not immediately clear how soon that would be determined. But he was confirmed as deputy director in March with the support of more than a dozen Republicans in a 63-37 vote.

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Young, previously the staff director for the House Appropriations Committee, also enjoys the support of top Democratic leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday that Young’s nomination “deserved”. Other Democratic lawmakers expressed support for Young on Twitter.

“Good call,” wrote Sen. John Tester, D-Mont.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-MD, member of the budget committee who will be the first to vote on the nomination, tweeted that Young’s “leadership is what we need to implement a federal budget that prioritizes the American people.” “

In Congress, Young oversaw $1.3 trillion in annual appropriations bills, disaster assistance, and COVID-19-related spending. The Office of Management and Budget is tasked with putting together the president’s annual budget for Congress and overseeing a wide range of logistics and regulatory issues in the federal government.

Coloretti will rejoin the federal government from her current position at the Urban Institute think tank, where she is senior vice president overseeing financial and business strategy.

His prior federal government service includes deputy secretary in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, assistant secretary for management at the Treasury Department, and acting chief operating officer at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Biden said Young and Coloretti are “two of the most experienced, qualified people to lead the budget office” and called on the Senate to vote quickly to confirm them.


Jaffe reported from Washington.

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