WASHINGTON (AP) — The nomination of Neera Tanden to guide the White Home Workplace of Administration and Finances was thrown unsure Friday as Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia turned the primary Democratic lawmaker to oppose her affirmation.
Throughout her affirmation hearings, Tanden apologized for spending years attacking high Republicans on social media. She is a former adviser to Hillary Clinton and served as president of the liberal-leaning Middle for American Progress. With the Senate evenly divided between 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats, she’ll possible want help from at the very least one Republican to win affirmation.
“I consider her overtly partisan statements could have a poisonous and detrimental influence on the vital working relationship between members of Congress and the following director of the Workplace of Administration and Finances,” Manchin stated in a press release. He went on to say that, at a time of grave disaster, “it’s extra vital than ever that we chart a brand new bipartisan course that helps deal with the numerous severe challenges going through our nation.”
It is the primary actual check that Biden has confronted on a nomination, with most of his picks for Cupboard positions crusing by way of the chamber with bipartisan help. Tanden had additionally disparaged some Democrats on social media, most notably Sen. Bernie Sanders, the unbiased from Vermont.
Biden, requested Friday whether or not he would pull Tanden’s nomination, stated he would not.
“I believe we’re going to discover the votes and get her confirmed,” Biden stated.
Moments earlier, the White Home had issued a press release defending her.
“Neera Tanden is an completed coverage knowledgeable who could be a superb Finances Director and we sit up for the committee votes subsequent week and to persevering with to work towards her affirmation by way of engagement with each events,” White Home press secretary Jen Psaki stated.
Tanden could be the primary lady of shade to guide the OMB, which leads efforts to make sure an administration’s priorities are mirrored in laws and rules.
The Senate Finances Committee is scheduled to vote on her nomination subsequent week.