Biden picks Capitol Hill favorite to run his budget office

When lawmakers were vetting Young for the deputy director job earlier this year, they seemed to prefer her for the top OMB post over Tanden, who was pulled after lawmakers took issue with the tone of her messages on social media. Young was told during her confirmation hearing that she would get her support for both jobs.

Young has been on the House Appropriations committee for 14 years and has a lot of knowledge of the federal budget. She has been increasing her pressure on Congress to negotiate on the spending bills, which are due on Dec. 3. Young has warned that a continuing resolution to stick Democrats with Trump-era funding levels will hurt military readiness and public health.

Young is expected to play a key role in implementing Biden's economic agenda if she is confirmed.

If Republicans take back the House or Senate in the upcoming elections, the budget director in the White House will be even more difficult to work for.

Pelosi and other top Democrats endorsed Young for OMB director in March. The White House did not nominate her sooner, and a number of Democrats still don't know why.

"We have worked closely with her for several years and highly recommend her for her intellect, 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.

They wrote in March that her legislative prowess, extensive knowledge of federal agencies, and proven track record will be a tremendous asset to the Biden-Harris Administration.

The report was contributed by Jennifer Scholtes.


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