“We have worked closely with her for several years and we highly recommend her for her intellect, her deep experience with the federal budget, and her determination to ensure that our budget reflects our values as a nation,” they said.
The three leaders were meeting on a separate topic Tuesday night when they learned that Tanden’s nomination had been withdrawn. They decided to immediately approach the White House, trying to put Biden and a senior aide, Steve Ricchetti, on the line. They were unsuccessful at first, leaving a message for Ricchetti, but Pelosi and Biden eventually spoke on the phone, according to a source familiar with the call.
Public backing from top Democrats before the White House even announced a replacement is unusual, but it was done to further increase pressure on Biden’s team to elect Young, according to aides with knowledge of the decision.
“His legislative prowess, extensive knowledge of federal agencies, incisive strategic mind and proven track record will be a great asset to the Biden-Harris Administration,” they said in their statement Wednesday. “His leadership at OMB would be historic and send a strong message that this Administration is eager to work closely with members of Congress to develop budgets that meet the challenges of our time and can ensure broad bipartisan support.”
All three leaders have also lobbied privately for Young to get the job, nominating him as director even before Biden nominated Tanden, CEO and president of the liberal Center for American Progress.
In a statement Tuesday night, Tanden noted that it was clear that he lacked the Senate support necessary for confirmation after at least one moderate Democrat opposed his nomination over his record of criticizing both Republicans and progressives in the US. social media. Biden said Tanden will continue to play a role in his administration, but did not specify the position.
Pelosi, Hoyer and Clyburn said in their statement Wednesday that Tanden is “an outstanding public servant who has spent decades fighting to advance the health, financial security and well-being of the American people.”
“We know that he will continue to bring his progressive values, his bold vision for the future and his valuable perspective to the work of Democrats to rebuild better,” House Democrats said of Tanden.
Both Democrats and Republicans praised Young Tuesday during her first confirmation hearing to be an assistant principal. He is still expected to appear before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Thursday for his second investigation, a committee aide confirmed.
Young has extensive knowledge of federal spending after 14 years on the House Appropriations Committee, most recently serving as secretary and director of personnel.
Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate appropriations panel, has already said he would support Young if Biden nominated her for the director’s job. Other Republicans agreed Tuesday.
“You will get my support, maybe for both jobs,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) told Young during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Budget Committee.
“Everyone who deals with you on our side has nothing but good things to say,” said Graham, a classified Republican on the Budget panel. “You could convince me not to vote for you, but I doubt it.”
Jennifer Scholtes contributed to this report.