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Politics Live politics updates: Neera Tanden, Biden's expected pick for budget chief, draws fire from left and right

16:15  30 november  2020
16:15  30 november  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Why Neera Tanden, Biden's new pick for a top economic role, has been called a terrible leader and 'impossible to trust' by some of her former colleagues

  Why Neera Tanden, Biden's new pick for a top economic role, has been called a terrible leader and 'impossible to trust' by some of her former colleagues Neera Tanden, nominated for a top economic job in the Biden administration, reportedly outed a victim of sexual harassment at a work meeting in 2018.This would make Tanden, the president and CEO of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress (CAP), the first woman of color to oversee the OMB.

President-elect Joe Biden is turning to longtime Democratic policy staffer Neera Tanden to lead his Office of Management and Budget and Cecilia Rouse to head the Council of Economic Advisers, people familiar with the process said.

Joe Biden is expected to name Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget and Cecilia Rouse The Wall Street Journal first reported the expected appointments. Biden is expected to introduce members The apparent choice drew immediate pushback from the left and right , with

USA TODAY's coverage of the 2020 election and President-elect Joe Biden's transition continues this week as he rolls out his picks for top jobs in his administration and states continue to certify their vote counts.

Neera Tanden wearing a blue jacket standing on a stage: Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress, at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 27, 2016. © Robert Deutsch, Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress, at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 27, 2016.

President Donald Trump has cleared the way for Biden's team to use federal resources and get briefings during the transition, although Trump has yet to formally concede the race.

Biden’s pick to lead White House budget office emerges as lightning rod for GOP

  Biden’s pick to lead White House budget office emerges as lightning rod for GOP Republicans objected to the selection of Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget. Tanden, 50, has regularly clashed with conservatives in a manner that Republicans say could complicate her Senate confirmation process. Two Republican senators said Monday that she could run into trouble during confirmation hearings, warning that her “partisan” background could make it hard for her to win GOP support.

Biden ' s reported pick to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has "no chance" of being confirmed by the Senate should Republicans remain in control next year.In a tweet, Cornyn spokesman Drew Brandewie said that Center for American Progress head Neera Tanden 's past

Tanden ’ s positions on budgetary issues have been similarly controversial, and could signal what she would advocate for if she takes the reins at the Office of Management and Budget . John Cornyn’ s communications director, Drew Brandewie, wrote on Twitter.

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Biden expected OMB pick Tanden draws opposition from left and right

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to name Neera Tanden as director of the  Office of Management and Budget, according to multiple media reports, drawing angry reactions from progressives and conservatives alike.

In response to a New York Times article about Tanden's expected nomination, the communications director for Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Tanden, who heads the left-leaning Center for American Progress, "stands zero chance of being confirmed."

Drew Brandewie tweeted that Tanden "has an endless stream of disparaging comments about the Republican Senators whose vote she'll need."

Biden's decision to pick Neera Tanden for a top economic role exposes an ongoing rift with Bernie Sanders-allied progressives

  Biden's decision to pick Neera Tanden for a top economic role exposes an ongoing rift with Bernie Sanders-allied progressives "There are very few people who have been as aggressively critical of the progressive left," a former colleague of Tanden's said.Tanden is a longtime adviser to Hillary Clinton, playing a key role in both her 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns, and helped engineer the Affordable Care Act in the Obama administration. She would be the first woman of color to run OMB, the agency responsible for drawing up and implementing the federal government's annual spending plan - a particularly important position as the country faces a pandemic-provoked recession.

Mr. Biden could instead pick Lisa Monaco Mr. Biden has also not yet announced his pick to lead the Pentagon, despite having introduced other members of his national security team. In an interview with NBC News, Mr. Biden strongly hinted that he was likely to leave both senators where they are.

Biden also was expected to announce as soon as Monday top members of his economic team, a source familiar with the process said. They include several officials with whom Biden worked when serving as vice president to Barack Obama. Neera Tanden , president of the progressive Center for

Tanden's reported selection also sparked angry reactions from the left, such as Brianna Joy Gray, the former press secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign, who called Tanden "a woman who is openly disdainful of Bernie Sanders and his coalition, but who is friendly with extreme bigots online." Gray was particularly critical of Tanden's views on Social Security

"Everything toxic about the corporate Democratic Party is embodied in Neera Tanden," Gray tweeted.

Many of those opposed to Tanden's appointment, including Brandewie and Gray, cited past tweets from Tanden who has been a prolific presence on the social media platform, posting more than 87,000 tweets – including numerous caustic criticisms or replies to criticisms – since joining Twitter in March 2010. By comparison, President Donald Trump has posted nearly 59,000 tweets since joining Twitter a year before Tanden.

Biden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate

  Biden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Joe Biden's choice of Neera Tanden to head the White House budget office is setting the stage for the biggest confirmation battle of the president-elect's first weeks in office.Senate Republicans are vowing to oppose Tanden, a close ally of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who has often slammed GOP lawmakers on Twitter and referred to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as "Moscow Mitch." She also hit McConnell on Twitter for not telling President Trump to wear a mask at his daily press conferences and has deleted tweets that appeared to be critical of Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a key moderate, GOP aides pointed out.Sen.

Joe Biden has named Kamala Harris as his running mate, making the California senator the first Black and South Asian American woman to run on a major political party's presidential Updated 2310 GMT (0710 HKT) August 11, 2020. Bash on Biden ' s VP pick : It is a moment in history to remember.

If he wins the election, the Democrat will have to urgently tackle the coronavirus pandemic as well as rebuild global relationships.

– William Cummings

Biden names all women to his communications team

President-elect Joe Biden on Sunday named his White House senior communications staff, choosing a team of all women led by Jen Psaki, a veteran of President Barack Obama's administration, as his first press secretary.

Psaki, who wore many hats under Obama including White House communications director, has overseen the confirmations team for Biden's transition team.

Biden also tapped top campaign aides Kate Bedingfield as White House communications director and Symone Sanders as senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris. Bedingfield worked as deputy campaign manager and communications director for the Biden-Harris Campaign. Sanders served as a campaign senior advisor.

Other communications hires are: Elizabeth Alexander, communications director for first lady Jill Biden; Ashley Etienne, communications director for Harris; Karine Jean-Pierre, principal deputy press secretary; and Pili Tobar, deputy White House communications director.

Neera Tanden Mean-Tweeted GOP Lawmakers—Until She Needed Their Votes

  Neera Tanden Mean-Tweeted GOP Lawmakers—Until She Needed Their Votes President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for budget chief does not pull punches online. So when some of her hits aimed at top players in Congress were removed from the Internet, it was clear something was up. Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, has deleted over one thousand tweets from her personal Twitter account since the beginning of November. A number of them, since recovered by The Daily Beast, contain comments directed at powerful lawmakers on both sides of the aisle that could turn a relationship to ice before her Senate confirmation hearing to lead the Office of Management and Budget takes place next year.

"I am proud to announce today the first senior White House communications team comprised entirely of women. These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better," Biden said in a statement.

– Joey Garrison and Bart Jansen

Trump tweets 'get well soon' after Biden fractures foot

President Donald Trump tweeted, "Get well soon!" Sunday after President-elect Joe Biden sprained his foot the day before after slipping while playing with his dog.

Biden's team said he was examined by an orthopedist "out of an abundance of caution." A CT scan found a hairline fracture in Biden's foot, which Biden's doctor, Kevin O'Connor, said would require him to wear a boot for several weeks.

The president's tweet wishing his former Democratic opponent well came amid a flurry of posts baselessly claiming without evidence that the election had been "rigged" or stolen for Biden.

– Matthew Brown and William Cummings

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Live politics updates: Neera Tanden, Biden's expected pick for budget chief, draws fire from left and right

Progressives are picking their fights with Biden. Neera Tanden's nomination won't be one. .
First, there was surprise. Then flashes of anger. But most progressive allies of Sen. Bernie Sanders have quietly resigned themselves -- or even offered some modest public support -- to Neera Tanden following President-elect Joe Biden's decision to tap their longtime nemesis for a Cabinet-level job. © Alex Wong/Getty Images Director of the Office of Management and Budget nominee Neera Tanden speaks during an event to name President-elect Joe Biden's economic team at the Queen Theater on December 1, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.

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