Politics Joe Biden may spark his first Senate confirmation fight after controversial pick for a top economic job

18:15  30 november  2020
18:15  30 november  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

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President-elect Joe Biden is set to formally name key members of his economic team on Monday, with Both face Senate confirmation . Adeyemo served on the National Economic Council of the He is among the barrier-breaking nominees Biden is announcing. If confirmed , he would be the first

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  • Joe Biden announced six top economic job picks on Monday, but he may set off his first confirmation fight by nominating Neera Tanden as head of the Office of Management and Budget.
  • Tanden was a key Clinton ally during her 2016 presidential run and sparred with Republicans during the Trump presidency.
  • Several Republicans suggested she would face GOP resistance in the Senate during the confirmation process.
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President-elect Joe Biden announced half a dozen picks for top economic jobs in his administration on Monday. Collectively, they signaled a willingness to put a more diverse team in charge of confronting the enormous challenge of rebuilding the economy after the pandemic.

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(Bloomberg) -- President-elect Joe Biden will take a significant step this week toward addressing the damage to the U.S. economy inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic, as he names an economic team led by his choice for Treasury secretary, former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.In Yellen, Biden

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"As we get to work to control the virus, this is the team that will deliver immediate economic relief for the American people during this economic crisis and help us build our economy back better than ever," Biden said in a statement.

Yet one of Biden's choices immediately ignited criticism from many Republicans: Neera Tanden as director of the Office of Management and Budget, the agency charged with designing and carrying out the annual spending plan.

The position requires Senate confirmation — and it may set off his first fight in a closely divided chamber that is likely to remain in Republican hands after a pair of Georgia runoffs on January 5.

Josh Holmes, former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, tweeted on Sunday that Tanden was "a sacrifice to the confirmation gods," a suggestion that Republican fury at Biden's electoral victory could be dampened with the GOP blocking her nomination.

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Drew Brandewie, spokesperson for Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, also tweeted Tanden "stands zero chance of being confirmed."

Should Tanden be confirmed, she would be the first woman of color as well as the first South Asian American to lead the agency. The Biden transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In addition to its spending role, the OMB helps set regulatory and fiscal policy for agencies in the executive branch. Its workforce largely constitutes of career civil servants that presidents of both parties rely on for their vast knowledge of federal agencies.

Tanden helped muscle through the Affordable Care Act under President Barack Obama, and became president of the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank, in 2011.

She was later a top lieutenant for Hillary Clinton and advised her 2016 presidential campaign, regularly clashing with Republicans. Since then, Tanden has been a fierce critic of President Donald Trump and has maintained a combative presence on Twitter.

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Three moderate Republican senators — Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Susan Collins of Maine — have all signaled they would back Biden's nominees as long as they are centrist. It's unclear so far how they would vote on Tanden, but the senators could decide whether her confirmation is successful.

If Democrats win both races in Georgia, the party would hold a threadbare majority with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris casting the tiebreaking vote on much of Biden's economic agenda —  including Tanden's nomination.

Other picks that Biden formally announced for high-profile economic roles are Janet Yellen for Treasury secretary; Cecilia Rouse as chair of the Council of Economic Advisors; and Heather Boushey and Jared Bernstein as CEA members. All are widely considered to be less contentious.

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