Senate confirmation for Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, is becoming increasingly unlikely after one Democrat and key Republicans announced that they would vote against her.
Republican Sens. Susan Collins, Mitt Romney, Rob Portman and Pat Toomey all said that they would vote against Tanden’s confirmation, joining West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin who announced his opposition Sunday. Without Manchin, Tanden would fall one vote short of confirmation, assuming that every Republican votes against her.
The recent announcements all cited Tanden’s Twitter feed, where she insulted Republican and Democratic lawmakers while leading the left-leaning Center for American Progress.
“I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden’s public statements and tweets that were personally directed towards my colleagues on both sides of the aisle from Senator [Bernie] Sanders to Senator [Mitch] McConnell and others,” Manchin said in a press release. “I believe her overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress and the next director of the Office of Management and Budget. For this reason, I cannot support her nomination.”
Despite the growing opposition to Tanden’s confirmation, the White House reiterated its support for her confirmation.
“The president nominated her because he believed she’d be a stellar OMB director,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday. “She has two committee votes this week, and we’re working toward that and we’ll continue to work in supporting her nomination.”
Psaki also said that the Biden administration believed that she would receive 50 votes, allowing Vice President Kamala Harris to act as a tie-breaker, but did not further elaborate.
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