Politics Manchin rebuke to Biden with nix of Neera Tanden's OMB confirmation
Neera Tanden Once Criticized Joe Manchin's Pharma CEO Daughter
Joe Manchin is one of several senators to publicly state opposition to Neera Tanden's nomination to be director of the Office of Management and Budget. "He added: "For this reason, I cannot support her nomination. As I have said before, we must take meaningful steps to end the political division and dysfunction that pervades our politics. At a time of grave crisis, it is more important than ever that we chart a new bipartisan course that helps address the many serious challenges facing our nation."Other Senators, such as Susan Collins (R-ME), have also publicly stated opposition to Tanden.
Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he will vote against Neera Tanden's confirmation to be President Biden's budget director in a major blow to one of the most controversial Biden Cabinet nominations.
“I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden’s public statements and tweets that per personally directed towards my colleagues on both sides of the aisle from Senator Sanders to Senator McConnell and others," the West Virginia Democrat said in a statement on Friday. "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."
Susan Collins Deals (Likely) Death Blow to Tanden Nomination
Senate moderates are poised to sacrifice Biden’s OMB pick on the altar of civility — but the White House isn’t relinquishing Tanden just yet.During the Trump era, Joe Manchin repeatedly bucked his party on high-profile votes, but in almost all of these cases, his vote was not decisive. For example, the West Virginia Democrat backed Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court — but only after enough Republican moderates had declared their support for Trump’s nominee to ensure his ascension. Meanwhile, Manchin toed the party line on the Trump Tax Cuts and Obamacare repeal.
"As I have said before, we must take meaningful steps to end the political division and dysfunction that pervades our politics. At a time of grave crisis, it is more important than ever that we chart a new bipartisan course that helps address the many serious challenges facing our nation.”
In the 50-50 divided Senate, Manchin's opposition to Tanden could kill her nomination unless at least one Republican steps forward to save her.
In confirmation hearings last week, Tanden, president of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress,over her plethora of tweets and for corporate donations to the think tank.
During the hearing, she expressed remorse about the tweets.
Neera Tanden apologizes for GOP Twitter attacks, pledges to be bipartisan as White House budget chief
Tanden apologized for her Twitter feuds with Republicans and pledged her role as an "impassioned advocate" would change if confirmed as budget chief."Over the last few years, it's been part of my role to be an impassioned advocate," Tanden, who leads a left-leaning think tank, told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in her first confirmation hearing. “I know there have been some concerns about some of my past language and social media, and I regret that language and take responsibility for it.
"I know there have been some concerns about some of my past language on social media, and I regret that language and take responsibility for it," she told lawmakers.
Among her many objectionable tweets were when she called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell "Moscow Mitch" and "Voldemort."
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The issue with Neera Tanden was never her tweets -- it's her character .
Aside from Xavier Becerra, no Cabinet nominee of President Biden faces as much of an uphill battle for confirmation as Neera Tanden. Before her nomination to direct the Office of Management and Budget has even left committee, the Center for American Progress TK has been forced to address her appalling Twitter behavior, which rivaled even the former president that she loathed so much. © Provided by Washington Examiner "I deeply regret and apologize for my language and some of my past language," Tanden told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. "I know I have to earn the trust of senators across the board.