Even when lawmakers surveyed Young for the deputy director job earlier this year, senators suggested they preferred her to the top OMB post over the Tooth, whose nomination was withdrawn after lawmakers had trouble with the tone of her messages on social media. “You get my support, maybe for both jobs,” Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) told Young during his confirmation hearing in March.
Young has extensive knowledge of the federal budget and the expense process from her 14 years of work on the House Appropriation Committee. In recent weeks, she has stepped up pressure on Congress to negotiate annual spending bills, with federal cash due to dry up on December 3rd. Republicans are weighing support for a years-long sustained decision to keep Democrats at the Trump-era funding levels, which Young has warned will hamper public health efforts and damage, among other things, military preparedness.
The job as budget director in the White House is likely to become even more difficult if Republicans take Parliament or the Senate back in next year’s midterm elections, as fiscal strife between congressional leaders and the president is the norm in a divided government.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats first approved Young as OMB director in March. And a number of Democrats continue to puzzle over why the White House has not nominated her before.
“We have worked closely with her for several years and highly recommend her for her intellect, her deep expertise on the federal budget and her willingness to ensure that our budget reflects our values as a nation,” Pelosi wrote in a statement. majority leader Steny. Hoyer and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn earlier this year.
“Her legislative prowess, extensive knowledge of federal agencies, sharp strategic minds and proven results will be a huge asset to the Biden-Harris Administration,” they wrote in March.
Jennifer Scholtes contributed to this report.
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