NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — Two women of color are President Joe Biden’s picks to lead the White House budget office, a milestone for the powerful agency after his first choice withdrew following criticism over her previous attacks on lawmakers from both parties.

If approved by the Senate Shalanda YoungWould be the first Black female to lead the Office of Management and Budget. Nani Coloretti, a Filipino American, would serve as Young’s deputy, making Coloretti one of the highest-ranking Asian Americans in government.

“Today it’s my honor to nominate two extraordinary, history-making women to lead the Office of Management and Budget,” Biden said in a video announcementHe was on Nantucket, Massachusetts for Thanksgiving and released the following Wednesday.

“She has continued to impress me, and congressional leaders as well,” Biden said of Young, who has been acting director for most of the year. Biden chose Young to be his budget director after Neera Tanden became his first nominee. came under bipartisan criticism.

Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat who has become a pivotal vote for Biden’s agenda in a chamber split 50-50, was the first Democrat to oppose Tanden’s nomination and, lacking the necessary votes, she ultimately withdrew from consideration.

Later, Biden offered Tanden a job at the White House. She is now a staff secretary and senior adviser to President Obama.

Young will face a Senate confirmation vote. However, it wasn’t immediately known when it would take place. She was. confirmed as deputy director On March 3, a 63-37 margin was achieved with the backing of more than one dozen Republicans.

Young is also the former staff director of House Appropriations Committee. She has been supported by top Democratic leaders including House Speaker. Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi, in a statement issued Wednesday, said Young’s nomination is “well-deserved.” Other Democratic lawmakers expressed support for Young on Twitter.

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

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., a member of the Budget Committee, which will vote first on the nominations, tweeted that Young’s “leadership is just what we need to implement a federal budget that prioritizes the American people.”

Young managed $1.3 trillion worth of annual appropriations bills as well as disaster aid, COVID-19 and other related spending. The head of the Office of Management and Budget is tasked with putting together the president’s annual budget for Congress and overseeing a wide range of logistical and regulatory issues across the federal government.

Coloretti will be returning to the federal government after leaving her post as senior vice president at Urban Institute, which she currently holds. She is responsible for financial and business strategy.

Prior federal service included deputy secretary to the Department of Housing and Urban Development and assistant secretary for Management at the Treasury Department. She was also acting chief operating officer at 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 in Washington.


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