Shalanda Young set to become first Black woman to serve as White House budget director
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by Chauncey Alcorn, thegrio.com
President Joe Biden on Wednesday is expected to nominate veteran House Appropriations Committee staffer Shalanda Young to serve as director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Young, who has served as acting director of the OMB since spring, would become the first Black woman to officially fill the role, according to The Washington Post.
Young’s OMB ascent earlier this year came after nominee Neera Tanden, who previously served as president and chief executive officer of the Center for American Progress, withdrew herself from consideration for the OMB leadership role. Tanden had received bipartisan criticism for her tweets slamming lawmakers, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who she said has less heart than a vampire, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican she compared to Voldemort, the grotesque villain from author J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter books and movies.
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