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Politics Poor Susan Collins Can’t Get That Partisan Joe Biden to Abandon His Agenda

02:15  23 february  2021
02:15  23 february  2021 Source:   nymag.com

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Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins on Monday said she would vote against Democratic President Joe Biden 's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) nominee Neera Tanden, further imperiling her confirmation. The moderate Republican's rejection comes after Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin on Friday announced he would not vote for Tanden, putting her nomination in doubt in the 50-50 divided chamber.

Biden formally announced Garland as his attorney general pick on Jan. 7 along with three nominees for other Justice Department posts. But nearly a month later, no hearings have been scheduled on any of them. Collins said the senators were grateful that Biden , who served in the Senate for more than three decades, chose to spend so much time with them Monday. “I think it was an excellent meeting and we’re very appreciative that, as his first official meeting in the Oval Office, the president chose to spend so much time with us in a frank and very useful discussion,” she said.

For all the caterwauling Republicans do about the godless liberal mainstream media and its lefty biases, occasionally you see a piece that’s so loaded with GOP spin that it takes your breath away. Today’s example is from CNN’s Manu Raju and Ted Barrett, who give us the sad tale of bipartisanship spoiled by the bad people around Joe Biden:

a close up of Susan Collins wearing glasses: Susan Collins helped ruin Barack Obama’s stimulus legislation, and she’s back for more. Win McNamee/Getty Images © Win McNamee/Getty Images Susan Collins helped ruin Barack Obama’s stimulus legislation, and she’s back for more. Win McNamee/Getty Images

It was Super Bowl Sunday – and President Joe Biden was on the phone with Sen. Susan Collins.

The Maine Republican had tried to make an urgent plea to the new president: Abandon the idea of going it alone withat just Democrats on the $1.9 trillion relief bill and instead continue working on a bipartisan deal.

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Biden 's prediction that life could be back mostly to normal by Christmas may strike many Americans, who had longed for freedom to return with the spring and the summer, as daunting evidence of a long haul ahead. The President was disingenuous when he blamed poor reporting and a "miscommunication" on the perception that his team saw children in school buildings for one day a week as a mark of success. The comment came from his White House last week and was later walked back.

Biden, two sources familiar with the call said, was sounding out Collins, speaking freely to her and leaving the Republican with the distinct impression that he was receptive to deal-cutting with the GOP.

But the call quickly turned south after White House staff chimed in.

Yes, it’s quite the party talking point: Poor old feeble Uncle Joe is trying to do the right thing by unifying Americans, but the socialists in his camp lead him down the road to perdition. Take it from the veteran bipartisan Mitch McConnell, who said Collins isn’t alone in appealing to the new president’s better angels:

“Our members who were in [one] meeting felt that the President seemed more interested in that than his staff did – or that it seems like the Democratic leadership in the House and Senate are,” McConnell said earlier this month.

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Susan Collins (R-Maine) will not vote to confirm President Biden 's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, according to a statement first obtained by Politico.Why it matters: The moderate Republican was viewed as a possible savior to Tanden's nomination, after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) became the first Democratic senator to oppose one of Biden 's nominees last week.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeTanden has faced scrutiny for her social media activity during the Trump presidency, during which

Washington (CNN) Republican Sen. Susan Collins will vote against the nomination of Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget, dealing another blow to her chances of being confirmed after Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced his opposition last week. "Neera Tanden has neither the experience nor the temperament to lead this critical agency. Her past actions have demonstrated exactly the kind of animosity that President Biden has pledged to transcend."

Collins, of course, is always suspect in such circumstances because of her role in downsizing the Obama-Biden administration’s economic stimulus proposal in 2009, which in the opinion of many Democrats decisively undermined its effectiveness. But at least in 2009 she had the power to bring Democrats half-way to the 60 votes they needed to get the bill through the Senate without resorting to the budget-reconciliation vehicle Democrats were saving for heavier lifts like the Affordable Care Act. This time around, if Democrats were to abandon reconciliation for Biden’s COVID stimulus bill, they’d need ten Republican votes. There are not by any broad definition of “moderate” or “centrist” that many Senate Republicans interested in anything other than destroying Biden’s presidency.

You could see this, in fact, in Collins’s own bid to give Biden a bipartisan path to a COVID bill, as Raju and Barrett reminded us: “Ahead of their White House meeting with Biden, Collins and nine other Republicans had unveiled a $600 billion counterproposal to the President’s $1.9 trillion bill, something Democrats immediately dismissed as insufficient.”

A 68 percent reduction in the size (and the corresponding scope) of Biden’s first and most urgent piece of legislation is not a negotiating bid but a request for surrender. And unfortunately, that’s the kind of bipartisanship Senate Republicans appear to have in mind.

Democrats turn to Biden's agenda after impeachment trial .
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