Neera Tanden withdraws nomination to lead budget office

Andrew Cummings
March 3, 2021

She called Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, "Voldemort", and said that Senator Susan Collins of ME should be "haunted" for the rest of her days for her questioning of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. Tom Cotton of Arkansas as a "fraud" on Twitter.

President Biden said Tuesday that he had accepted a request from Neera Tanden to withdraw her nomination for a Cabient position, the first such defeat of his administration. It has been an honor of a lifetime to be considered for this role and for the faith placed in me.

Tanden deleted over 1,000 tweets in the days leading up to her confirmation hearing, but majority were saved by members of the media.

Biden is pictured with Vice President Kamala Harris.

Other than Tanden, Biden's Cabinet nominees have faced little trouble being confirmed, especially when compared to those of past presidents. I have the utmost respect for her record of accomplishment, her experience and her counsel, and I lok forward to having her serve in a role in my Administration. Susan Collins of ME and Mitt Romney of Utah all said in recent weeks that they would oppose her confirmation, pointing to Tanden's past criticisms of lawmakers on social media.

The announcement came amid growing recognition that Tanden, who now heads a progressive think tank, did not have enough support after one Democrat and multiple moderate Republicans in the evenly divided Senate said they would not vote for her.

"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", he said.

"Vampires have more heart than Ted Cruz". "But calling Mitch McConnell "Moscow Mitch" is probably not a very good thing to say". Whole party needs to be defeated'.

Her withdrawal leaves the Biden administration without a clear replacement.

After Manchin and Collins came out against Tanden's nomination, White House press secretary Jen Psaki released a statement in support of Tanden. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, told reporters earlier Tuesday on Capitol Hill she still had not yet made up her mind on Tanden's nomination.

The White House stuck with her even after a number of centrist Republicans made their opposition known, insisting her experience growing up on welfare and background working on progressive policies as the president and CEO of the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress made her the right candidate for the moment. Tanden had apologised to senators during her confirmation hearings last month.

The nomination had resulted in a vicious feud on social media between progressives and establishment Democrats.

She appeared before the Senate Homeland Security Committee and apologized for some of the criticism she has previously directed at congressional Republicans and expressed regret over past tweets. She said Congress "has to be able to trust the OMB director to make countless decisions in an impartial manner, carrying out the letter of the law and congressional intent".

If Murkowski joined all 49 Democratic caucus members other than Manchin, Tanden's nomination could have in theory prevailed - and the Republican would have handed the Biden White House a major victory.

"We have to take seriously all these allegations, and I'm frankly in that group of elected leaders that (believes) you believe the individual", she said on Post Live. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) on Monday evening; both have denounced the Biden administration's pause on new oil and gas exploration on federal lands. A few potential nominees have been floated for the post, including Ann O'Leary, a former top Hillary Clinton aide, and Gene Sperling, a former economic adviser to former Presidents Clinton and Obama, according to The Politico.

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