Manchin Dashes Democrat Hopes of Confirming Neera Tanden as OMB Director

  • Manchin Dashes Democrat Hopes of Confirming Neera Tanden as OMB Director

Manchin Dashes Democrat Hopes of Confirming Neera Tanden as OMB Director

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced his opposition to Neera Tanden's nomination to serve as director of the White House's Office of Management and Budget on Friday, likely signaling the Biden administration will not have the votes for confirmation.

Manchin said in a statement after reviewing Neera Tanden's public statements and tweets that were "personally directed" toward his Senate colleagues, he would oppose her nomination to run the powerful office.

When Biden picked Tanden, chief executive of the left-leaning Center for American Progress think tank in Washington, Republicans pointed to her past strong comments on Twitter, such as referring to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell as "Moscow Mitch" and saying "vampires have more heart than (Senator) Ted Cruz".

"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 on Friday in announcing his opposition.

Her apology for the tweets during her confirmation hearings was apparently not enough for Manchin, who broke party line to approve President Trump's appointees, including in his vote to confirm twitter troll Ric Grenell as Trump's ambassador to Germany. His other nominees - while being processed more slowly than previous Presidents' - have yet to face an existential threat to their confirmations.

Tanden referred to GOP Sen.

Even so, Sanders is expected to vote to confirm Tanden.

Manchin explained in a statement that he believes the candidate - Neera Tanden - will not be a unifying force for the USA political sphere. Bernie Sanders, an independent, had led him to doubt she was the right fit.

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.

Her prior comments became a point of contention during her confirmation hearing when Sen.

Manchin's opposition puts Tanden's confirmation in jeopardy, given the slim Democratic majority in the Senate and GOP opposition to her nomination.

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".

As OMB head she will interact with Senate Budget chair Vermont Sen.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC read one of them, which referenced the bitter 2016 nomination fight between Hillary Clinton and Sanders.