Politics Neera Tanden’s nomination to head White House budget office in peril as Collins, Romney say they will vote against her
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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.
WASHINGTON – The nomination of Neera Tanden to head the powerful Office of Budget and Management appears increasingly imperiled, withand Mitt Romney and Utah, both Republicans, announcing on Monday morning that they would vote against the nominee.
The growing opposition has less to do with Tanden’s liberal outlook than her avid Twitter use. And it comes after a four-year debate about whether President Trump’s tweets were to be treated as a distraction, provocation or his way of announcing policy.
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a centrist Democrat, had earlier indicated that he, too,. Manchin also cited Tanden’s tweets as a major reason to vote against her.
Neera Tanden's outreach to senators continues next week as confirmation in jeopardy
President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget Neera Tanden will carry on with her outreach to senators next week after her confirmation was jeopardized Friday when Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin revealed he would vote against her. © 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. So far, Tanden has met with 35 senators on both sides of the aisle, according to a source involved with the confirmation process.
Those developments leave little wiggle room in an evenly-divided Senate and could make Tanden – who heads the liberal Center for American Progress and is a longtime Clinton ally – the first failed Biden cabinet nomination.
At issue is Tanden’s, which have frequently criticized and mocked Trump, congressional Republicans and progressives like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. In doing so, her tweets have complicated the new administration’s stated goal of returning Washington to pre-Trumpian norms of civility.
“Senator Romney has been critical of extreme rhetoric from prior nominees, and this is consistent with that position,” the Senator’s press secretary, Arielle Mueller, told Yahoo News. “He believes it’s hard to return to comity and respect with a nominee who has issued a thousand mean tweets.”
Mounting confirmation battle sends warning sign to Biden
Confirmation duels over Joe Biden's Cabinet picks have suddenly turned nasty, ringing alarm bells about the cliffhanger nature of a 50-50 Senate and bitter fights to come over the President's ambitious agenda.Confirmation duels over Joe Biden's Cabinet picks have suddenly turned nasty, ringing alarm bells about the cliffhanger nature of a 50-50 Senate and bitter fights to come over the President's ambitious agenda.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment, but earlier in the day, before Romney’s opposition was made known, White House press secretary Jen PsakiPsaki called Tanden an “accomplished policy expert” and noted that she would be the first woman of Asian descent to head the influential budget office. She added that the White House would continue “to work toward her confirmation.”
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In a chamber divided equally between Democrats and Republicans, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting tie-breaking votes, that work has become increasingly difficult. Tanden needs the support of moderate Republicans such as Rob Portman of Ohio or Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, but neither has come out in favor of the nominee.
Susan Collins Joins Joe Manchin to Oppose Neera Tanden in Near-Fatal Blow to Nomination
There has been opposition to Neera Tanden due to previous social media posts in which she targeted lawmakers.It comes after Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said he would not support her nomination, reducing the chance of her being confirmed to the position by the narrowly-divided Senate.
Portman, who headed the budget office during President George W. Bush’s administration,Tanden for promoting “incivility and division” with her tweets. That criticism came during a hearing at which Tanden for those messages.
Some of Tanden’s supporters noted that Republicans spent four years ignoring Trump’s divisive, crude and, sometimestweets, making their scrutiny of Tanden’s messages somewhat suspect.
Tanden did not reply to a request for comment from Yahoo News.
Republicans know that they must display a willingness to work with the Biden administration, lest they be branded the party of obstruction during a time of unprecedented crisis. At the same time, they need to show the GOP base they are willing to oppose Biden, whom conservative outlets like Fox News and Newsmax have hyperbolically depicted as taking the U.S. down the road to socialism.
Manchin responds to sexism charges after opposing Neera Tanden's confirmation
Biden's pick to run the budget office now needs at least one Republican vote to be confirmed. So far, there are no takers.Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia denied that sexism played a role in his opposition, calling his decision "not personal at all.
Narrow congressional majorities and the selection partisan, ideological nominees have made cabinet nominations more fraught than they once were. According to, the last president to not have a cabinet nominee rejected or withdrawn was Ronald Reagan, who became president nearly a half-century ago.
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Senate panels postpone Tanden meetings in negative sign .
Two Senate panels have postponed meetings today to consider advancing Neera Tanden's nomination to be President Biden's budget chief, a negative sign for her prospects of winning confirmation.The Senate Homeland Security Committee had been scheduled to take up Tanden's nomination on Wednesday, but the meeting was postponed, according to the committee website. The Senate Budget Committee also postponed a business meeting scheduled for today to vote on Tanden's nomination, according to a committee aide. The White House early Wednesday morning reiterated its support for Tanden, but the nominee does not appear to have 50 votes in the Senate after Sen.