On Friday, President Biden proclaimed that he would not pull the nomination of Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget, despite the fact that prominent Democrat Joe Manchin is a hard no and will vote against her.
“I think we are going to find the votes to get her confirmed,” Biden emphatically stated at Joint Base Andrews following his trip to the Pfizer vaccine manufacturing plant in Michigan. Democrats will need at least one Republican to vote for Tanden now.
Tanden is known for her mean-girl tweets. She has deleted thousands of them since being nominated for the OMB. She also apologized but Manchin was not in a forgiving mood and many who have taken the brunt of her vicious tweets are not in any way convinced she is sincere.
Tanden, via Twitter, has called Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) “the worst.” She lashed out at Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) stating that “vampires have more heart than Ted Cruz.” She called Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) a “fraud.” But one of her more vile tweets was saved for Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who she referred to as “Moscow Mitch” and then called him “Voldemort.”
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Even after deleting thousands of tweets, Tanden still has nine pages of prolific slurs against Cruz still up on the social media platform.
“I wonder, specifically, how do you plan to mend fences and build relationships with members of Congress you have attacked through your public statements?” Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) asked her at Tanden’s Senate confirmation hearing.
That was when she issued her apology: “I deeply regret and apologize for my language — some of my past language.”
“I recognize that this role is a bipartisan role, and I know I have to earn the trust of senators across the board. I will work very aggressively to meet that concern,” she claimed.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) accused Tanden of viciously attacking progressives including himself.
Manchin did not buy Tanden’s apology either and said as much.
“I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden’s public statements and tweets that were personally directed towards my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, from Senator Sanders to Senator McConnell and others,” Manchin said in his released statement on the matter. “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.”
“For this reason, I cannot support her nomination,” Manchin bluntly asserted. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) may also vote against the beleaguered Tanden.
With an evenly split chamber, this means that Tanden’s nomination is in jeopardy. Democrats do not have the votes now to confirm her if all of the Republicans vote against her.
Asked if he was going to pull Neera Tanden’s nomination, President Biden, said "No."
He added, "I think we are going to find the votes and get her confirmed."
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) February 19, 2021
Biden released a statement on Friday vowing his support for Tanden.
“Neera Tanden is an accomplished policy expert who would be an excellent Budget Director and we look forward to the committee votes next week and to continuing to work toward her confirmation through engagement with both parties,” read the statement from White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
Just now, @POTUS tells pool reporters he's not going to pull the @neeratanden nomination and hopes to get her through. (h/t @stevenportnoy)
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) February 19, 2021
Tanden has met with 35 senators on both sides of the political aisle to promote herself for the OMB position. Her team has been speaking with outside interest groups. Those include women business leaders, Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations, the business community, and labor unions.
Tanden is a longtime political operative who has worked on a number of Democratic presidential campaigns. She has also been the president of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress since 2011.
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