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Chairman Yarmuth: “The Budget Committee will have a strong partner in Neera Tanden”

Feb 10, 2021

Washington, D.C.— Today, Kentucky Representative John Yarmuth, Chair of the House Budget Committee, released a statement following the second confirmation hearing of Neera Tanden, Director-designate for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), who appeared before the Senate Budget Committee this morning. If confirmed, Tanden would become the first woman of color and first South Asian American to lead OMB. 

“The next leader of OMB will have a tough charge: she will need to quickly put the agency back on the right side of the law following the Trump Administration’s unprecedented attacks on the agency, while working to help restore faith in our democratic institutions and ensure our nation’s budget will build a better, stronger, and more just economy in the wake of the coronavirus crises. Neera Tanden is up to the task. 

“Ms. Tanden understands the importance of smart, forward-looking federal investments that will address underlying deficits in our communities, move our nation forward on critical issues like climate change and health care, and expand opportunities by investing in the dignity and potential of the American people. Her personal and professional experiences and her proven track record of fighting for working Americans uniquely qualifies her to lead OMB as it implements the Biden-Harris agenda. 

“I congratulate Ms. Tanden on her confirmation hearings and thank her for sharing her family’s story. The Budget Committee will have a strong partner in Neera Tanden, and I personally look forward to working with an OMB Director who understands and respects Congress’ central role in funding decisions.”

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