Shalanda Delores Young, a senior adviser, and the longstanding congressional assistant was confirmed as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by the Senate on Tuesday, over a year after she was first placed as acting director.
Shalanda Young’s confirmation by the Senate makes her the first Black woman to hold the position.
After a year as acting budget director, Young was approved by a bipartisan vote of 61-36.
Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader in the Senate, expressed his delight on Twitter, writing,
BREAKING: The Senate has confirmed President Biden’s highly qualified nominee to serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget:
She is the first Black woman ever confirmed by the Senate to lead OMB. pic.twitter.com/rMWGxdNj4c
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 15, 2022
After Neera Tanden withdrew her application for the permanent position in March of last year, Young was named temporary director. Several important senators have expressed their opposition to Tanden, citing her earlier tweets disparaging both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate.
She spent years on the House Appropriations Committee, serving as Democratic staff director, clerk, deputy staff director, and other positions, before taking up the position last year.
Young has played a vital role in assisting the administration in implementing its economic strategy, a task that has become more difficult as inflation has risen and Democratic legislation on Capitol Hill has stalled.
She also supervised $1.3 trillion in annual appropriations bills, disaster funding, and “key portions of COVID-19 associated spending,” according to the White House.
In the months preceding up to Tuesday’s vote, Young’s nomination had received support from the Congressional Black Caucus as well as Republicans like Sen. Richard Shelby (Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Steny Hoyer, a member of the House of Representatives, also remarked on Twitter,
Pleased that the Senate confirmed Shalanda Young today as Director of @OMBPress. I was glad to join her at today’s @WhiteHouse signing ceremony for the FY22 omnibus she helped to lead; I look forward to working with her and @POTUS to deliver #ForThePeople. https://t.co/vhp1OW4LmP pic.twitter.com/DCyElSU4nj
— Steny Hoyer (@LeaderHoyer) March 15, 2022