Joe Manchin will oppose Biden's OMB nominee Neera Tanden, dimming her chances
Feb 20 2021
It was the first major party defection of the young Biden administration, although it notably came from a centrist lawmaker who voted with his party on convicting Trump of inciting the Capitol riot and plans to vote for Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill.
Joe Manchin - a key vote for Senate Democrats, who have a slim majority in the chamber - said on Friday that he would oppose President Biden's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget over her Twitter history. She lost the support of Democratic West Virginia Sen.
Her nomination had been considered on the rocks had Republicans kept control of the Senate. Some even floated not giving her a confirmation hearing. His other nominees - while being processed more slowly than previous Presidents' - have yet to face an existential threat to their confirmations.
She has tangled with Vermont Sen.
Tanden referred to GOP Sen. "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", Manchin said in a statement.
Other critics couldn't help but contrast his objection to Tanden with his support with openly partisan Republicans, some of whom made comparable if not more incendiary remarks.
Manchin cited Tanden's "public statements and tweets" in his statement. She would need to pick up at least one vote from a Republican and for Vice President Kamala Harris to break a potential tie to secure the simple majority needed for confirmation.
Manchin's opposition to Tanden leaves her confirmation to OMB in serious doubt. Just seven GOP senators voted to convict President Trump in his impeachment trial.
During her nomination hearing before the Senate Budget Committee, Tanden was chastised by Chairman Bernie Sanders for her past tweets and she pledged to refrain from making personal attacks such as those she had directed at Sanders in the past.
"I recognize the concern".
"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", press secretary Jennifer Psaki said.
After stints in government under the Clinton and Obama administrations, Tanden spent several years atop the liberal think tank Center for American Progress.
In response to questions from senators about these comments, Tanden said said "I feel terribly about [the comments], I must have meant them, but I regret them".