Senate vote makes Shalanda Young first Black woman to lead White House budget office

President Joe Biden nominated Young last year to direct the Office of Management and Budget.

FILE - Shalanda Young, President Biden's nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmation hearing, Feb. 1, 2022 in Washington. Young is awaiting a vote by the Senate to confirm her as director. She would be the first Black woman to lead the office if confirmed, which is expected. Six Black members of President Joe Biden's Cabinet will be meeting for a Black History Month event Thursday highlighting their roles in the administration, some of which are historic firsts. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via AP, File) (Al Drago)

WASHINGTON – The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Shalanda Young as director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, making her the first Black woman to hold the position.

Young was confirmed in a bipartisan 61-36 vote after a year of having served as acting budget director.

Young became acting director after Neera Tanden withdrew her nomination for the permanent post in March of last year. A number of key senators had announced their opposition to Tanden, citing her previous tweets criticizing Senate Republicans and Democrats. Tanden is now the White House staff secretary, a position that does not require Senate confirmation.

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