Politics Shelby endorses Shalanda Young for OMB director should Biden pull Tanden's nomination
Neera Tanden's outreach to senators continues next week as confirmation in jeopardy
President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget Neera Tanden will carry on with her outreach to senators next week after her confirmation was jeopardized Friday when Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin revealed he would vote against her. © Alex Wong/Getty Images Director of the Office of Management and Budget nominee Neera Tanden speaks during an event to name President-elect Joe Biden's economic team at the Queen Theater on December 1, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. So far, Tanden has met with 35 senators on both sides of the aisle, according to a source involved with the confirmation process.
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the top Senate GOP appropriator, said this week that he would back Shalanda Young to head up President Biden's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) if the Senate does not confirm his current nominee, Neera Tanden.
"She's smart, she knows the process inside-out, and she's an honest broker who has demonstrated the ability to work with both sides and get things done," Shelby said referring to Young in a statement toon Wednesday.
"She would have my support," he added.
Jen Psaki Continues to Defend Neera Tanden as Susan Collins Adds Fresh Wound to Nomination
The White House press secretary has again described Neera Tanden as an "accomplished policy expert," after lawmakers have come out in opposition to her nomination.Tanden has been criticized for previous comments made towards figures from both sides of the aisle on social media. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) previously referred to this when he outlined he would not support Tanden, as did Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) as she also confirmed she would not vote in favor of her appointment to the role. These positions heighten the chances of there not being enough votes to see Tanden confirmed.
The Hill has reached out to Shelby's office for comment.
Young, who has served as the House Appropriations Committee's Democratic staff director since 2017, was nominatedto be deputy director of the OMB. She has emerged as a potential contender to lead the agency as Tanden struggles to in the upper chamber.
Republicans have come out against Tanden's nomination after past tweets she made taking shots at the party gained renewed scrutiny during her confirmation process.
During herbefore members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee earlier this month, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), the panel's ranking Republican and a former OMB chief, confronted Tanden over the tweets.
Susan Collins Deals (Likely) Death Blow to Tanden Nomination
Senate moderates are poised to sacrifice Biden’s OMB pick on the altar of civility — but the White House isn’t relinquishing Tanden just yet.During the Trump era, Joe Manchin repeatedly bucked his party on high-profile votes, but in almost all of these cases, his vote was not decisive. For example, the West Virginia Democrat backed Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court — but only after enough Republican moderates had declared their support for Trump’s nominee to ensure his ascension. Meanwhile, Manchin toed the party line on the Trump Tax Cuts and Obamacare repeal.
Portman said Tanden, an adviser to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who has also lead the Center for American Progress in recent years, had referred to to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) as "the worst" in the posts and said that "vampires have more heart" than Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
"I believe that the tone, the content and the aggressive partisanship of some of your public statements have added to the troubling trend of more incivility in our public life," Portman said.
Democrats have accused Republicans opposing Tanden over the past tweets of hypocrisy when compared to former President Trump's tweeting habits. Throughout his presidency, Trump often used social media to attack his critics on both sides of the aisle.
Her path to confirmation appears to be on shaky ground in the Senate, where Democrats barely hold control, after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) also joined his Republican colleagues in opposing Tanden's confirmation.
Team Biden taps Asian American groups to help save Tanden
As Biden’s choice for budget chief flounders in the Senate, the White House has rallied her allies in the South Asian community to her defense.Those groups are calling and sending letters to Senate offices and advocating for Tanden on social media to try to combat what they are calling “structural racism” and “institutional racism.
The White House has continued tobehind Tanden for the post despite Manchin's opposition.
"Neera Tanden is an accomplished policy expert who would be an excellent Budget Director and we look forward to the committee votes next week and to continuing to work toward her confirmation through engagement with both parties," White House press secretarysaid last week.
If confirmed, Tanden, who is Indian American, would be the first woman of color to lead the agency.
Earlier this week, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus leaderssenators to confirm Tanden in a letter, saying her "substantial policy, legislative, and executive branch experience makes her exceptionally qualified to lead the OMB."
"As a daughter of a single mother who relied on public housing and food stamps to survive, Ms. Tanden understands firsthand the struggles that many Americans face every day and the pivotal role that government can play in leveling the playing field and creating an economy that works for working families," members of the caucus continued.
Should the Senate vote not to confirm Tanden, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) leadersthey will push for Young to be nominated and confirmed. Young, who is Black, would also be the first woman of color to serve in the role, if confirmed.
Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief .
President Biden is searching for a new nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) after Neera Tanden withdrew from consideration this week.Biden will not name a replacement this week, press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday, and the White House has been mum about who is being considered. But lobbying has already started in earnest as lawmakers and outside groups push their preferred candidates.Here are the names to watch as the Biden White House zeroes in on a new nominee for OMB director.