Politics Manchin responds to sexism charges after opposing Neera Tanden's confirmation
Manchin rebuke to Biden with nix of Neera Tanden's OMB confirmation
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. © Provided by Washington Examiner “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.
WASHINGTON — A Democratic senator responded Tuesday to accusations of sexism from progressives after opposing Neera Tanden to be President Joe Biden's budget director, a decision that threw her nomination into uncertainty.
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia denied that sexism played a role in his opposition, calling his decision "not personal at all."
The nomination of Tanden, who would be the first nonwhite woman to lead the Office of Management and Budget, hung by a thread in the afternoon as Republican leaders sought to unify and block it.
Manchin's opposition means that Tanden needs one Republican to cross the aisle in order to be confirmed.
Neera Tanden: Schumer says he is working with Biden 'to find the extra votes' to confirm OMB pick
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday he is working with President Joe Biden to gather the support needed to confirm Neera Tanden as director of the Office of Management and Budget. © Ting Shen-Pool/Getty Image Neera Tanden, nominee for director of the Office and Management and Budget, speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmation hearing on February 9, 2021, in Washington, DC. "I am working with President Biden to find the extra votes so she can be passed," he told reporters during a news conference in New York, mentioning Democratic Sen.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told his conference during a Tuesday lunch meeting that he wants them to stick together and oppose Tanden, per two Republican sources familiar with his remarks.
Asked immediately after the lunch whether he expected his conference to coalesce against Tanden, McConnell told NBC News: "I hope so. We'll see."
The chamber has confirmed numerous nominees of President Joe Biden and hasn't rejected any yet.
Like Manchin, many GOP senators cite past tweets by Tanden criticizing politicians across the spectrum. In his statement Friday, Manchin said that Tanden's "overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working relationship" between Congress and the influential White House budget office.
Neera Tanden’s nomination to head White House budget office in peril as Collins, Romney say they will vote against her
The nomination of Neera Tanden to head the powerful Office of Budget and Management appears increasingly imperiled, with Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney and Utah, both Republicans, announcing on Monday morning that they would vote against the nominee. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a centrist Democrat, had earlier indicated that he, too, would vote against Tanden. At issue is Tanden’s storied legacy of incendiary tweets, which have frequently criticized and mocked Trump, congressional Republicans and progressives like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Since then, key Republicans including Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio have come out against Tanden, leveling similar concerns.
But some progressive lawmakers and activistsbetween Tanden and some of President Donald Trump's nominees who were confirmed by the Senate — including frequent Twitter sniper Richard Grenell for Ambassador to Germany, and Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court after his at-times intemperate testimony in response to allegations of attempted sexual assault.
Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., questioned whether there was a potential gender or race-based motive to the opposition to nominees like Tanden and Interior nominee Deb Haaland, who would be the first Native American to run the department.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who may be the last Republican senator in play, told reporters Tuesday that she still has time to make a decision on a full Senate vote as Tanden faces two committee confirmation votes Wednesday.
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.
Murkowski said she has spoken to the White House about Tanden, but it wasn't clear when or with whom specifically, nor did she say how the conversation went.
The White House stood by Tanden's nomination on Tuesday, saying the administration is still working to find the needed votes.
At his weekly news conference today, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., criticized Republicans as hypocritical for basing their opposition to Tanden on mean tweets.
"I'm not gonna get into specifics and names but we're continuing to look [for votes]," Schumer said. "I think Neera Tanden would be an outstanding OMB nominee. And for Republicans who look the other way with the nastiest of tweets by their president their leader for now to say Neera Tanden shouldn't get in because of her tweets is a little bit of a contradiction."
Snarky Tweets Shouldn’t Override Smarts. But They Did for Neera Tanden .
Snarky Tweets Shouldn’t Override Smarts. But They Did for Neera TandenIn the end, it wasn’t any one tweet that disqualified Neera Tanden from joining President Joe Biden’s Cabinet. It was the entire platform that is punishing the seasoned Washington player.