Joe Biden intends to nominate Indian-American Neera Tanden as Budget Chief: Report

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US President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate Indian- American Neera Tanden as the director of the Office of Management and Budget, a top position in the White House responsible for managing the administration’s budget, according to several local media reports on Sunday.

If agreed upon by the United States Senate, Tanden (50) would be the first woman of colour to head this portfolio. Currently, Tanden is the Chief Executive of the left-leaning Center for American Progress.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Tanden’s nomination is a part of Biden’s plan to build a team of liberal and centrist economic advisers to serve alongside the planned Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen.

Several news reports claim that the nomination of Tanden, Yellen and others are expected to be announced soon. The Journal reported that Biden, a Democrat would also pick Wally Adeyemo, a senior international economic adviser during the Obama administration to serve as Yellen’s top deputy.

According to the Washington Post, Cecilia Rouse, a Princeton University labor economist is likely to be named the chairwoman of Economic Advisers. If confirmed, Rouse would be the first African- American and woman of colour to chair the council that would play an important role in advising the president on the economy that has been ailing since the pandemic.

Biden also intends to nominate Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey as members of his Council of Economic Advisors. The announcements are likely to be made on Tuesday.

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