Wednesday, 24 February, 2021


Neera Tanden, Joe Biden’s budget nominee, faces challenge to confirmation

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Melba Vasquez | 20 February, 2021, 11:21

Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) said that he would vote against the nomination of Neera Tanden to the head of the Office of Management and Budget.

Tanden, who has led the liberal think-tank Center for American Progress, likely can not afford to lose any of the 50 Democrats and independents in the Senate in the face of anticipated strong Republican opposition to her over her past caustic social-media postings.

'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, ' he said.

Her apology for the tweets during her confirmation hearings was apparently not enough for Manchin, who broke party line to approve President Trump's appointees, including in his vote to confirm twitter troll Ric Grenell as Trump's ambassador to Germany. But Biden's decision to nominate Tanden even before Democrats won back control of the Senate in January stunned several lawmakers and aides on Capitol Hill, given the slim margins in the upper chamber and Tanden's prolific venom on social media.

Tanden apologized for her past comments during recent confirmation hearings before the Senate Budget Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Tanden would need the support of at least one Republican senator in order to pass confirmation, with the vote of Vice President Kamala Harris needed to break a tie.

"I think #manchin has issues with strong, smart, independent, say what they want to women of color".

Republicans control 50 of the votes in the Senate so one vote from a Democrat will nearly certainly doom Tanden's nomination, unless Democrats are able to pick up at least one vote from a Republican.

Asked by reporters if he would pull Tanden's nomination from consideration, Biden said "no".

"Susan Collins" bad treatment of Dr. Ford should haunt Collins the rest of her days, ' Tanden tweeted during the contentious Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, when Susan Blasey Ford raised allegations against him.

In the past, Ms. Tanden has referred to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as "Voldemort", and has battled Senator Bernie Sanders and his supporters online.

'Your attacks were not just made against Republicans. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and the GOP senators who were up for election who "enable him". "I'm talking to her early next week".

Tanden also wrote in a separate post that "vampires have more heart than Ted Cruz". He sought to contrast his administration's foreign policy agenda with that of former President Donald Trump.

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