Shalanda Young, a native of the Baton Rouge area nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as the deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget, will have a confirmation hearing Thursday before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. She will be introduced to the committee by another Baton Rouge native, Sen. Bill Cassidy who believes she has broad bipartisan support, the senator’s communications director said Wednesday.
Biden announced on Jan. 15 that he was nominating Young, who served as the top Democratic aide for the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, to serve as the deputy director of OMB, and that is the position she will be seeking confirmation for at Thursday’s hearing. However, Young’s name is now being tossed about as possibly becoming the top official at OMB after Neera Tanden, Biden’s nominee for OMB director withdrew her name from consideration.
Ty Bofferding, Cassidy’s communications director said it’s “customary” for a senator to introduce to the Senate a nominee from his or her own state. She was born in Clinton, moved to Baker during her childhood and earned an undergraduate degree from Loyola University New Orleans and a master’s from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
According to Biden’s Jan. 15 announcement, Young moved to Washington after Tulane and served as a fellow at the National Institute of Health. In her role on the appropriations committee, that announcement said, “she has overseen $1.4 trillion in annual federal funding for programs ranging from children and families, to infrastructure, to defense, diplomacy and development. In addition, Young has played a key role in shaping coronavirus relief legislation and other emergency bills responding to natural disasters.”
Bofferding said Cassidy will “be speaking to how (Young) has very broad bipartisan support from Senator (Lindsay) Graham (R-S.C.) to (Sen. Richard) Shelby (R-Ala.) to (Sen.Bernie) Sanders (I-VT) to Sen. (Patrick) Leahy, (D-VT)” Bofferding said. “So he’ll just be speaking to that and her reputation as a Hill staffer.”
Sen. John Kennedy’s office did not respond to a request for comment about Young’s nomination.