Neera Tanden withdraws from appointment as Biden budget chief

President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he was withdrawing the nomination of Neera Tanden as his budget chief at her request, a move that came after signs that she would not be able to win the Senate confirmation due to critical Twitter reports about lawmakers.

Biden also said he expects Tanden, whom he has appointed as director of the Office of Management and Budget, to have another ‘role in my administration’. But the president does not identify what that job might be.

Teeth extraction is the first case that a nominee from the Biden cabinet has not obtained Senate approval.

In a letter to Biden, Tanden writes: “I appreciate how hard you and your team worked at the White House to win my confirmation.”

“Unfortunately, it now seems clear that there is no way forward to get confirmation, and I do not want the continued consideration of my nomination to be a distraction from your other priorities,” wrote Tanden, president of the Left-wing Center. . for American Progress.

Teeth’s nomination was in doubt after three senators – Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, and Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Republican Maine Susan Collins – said they would vote against her because of her history in which legislators have been criticized on both sides of the political corridor. .

The criticism was archived in the more than 1,000 tweets that Tanden allegedly removed before the confirmation process began.

Democrats hold the majority control in the Senate with the smallest margins. Two independent caucuses with 48 Democratic senators, giving them the same number of votes as the 50-senator Republican caucus.

Vice President Kamala Harris, a Democrat, holds the casting vote in the Senate, giving her party the nominations and legislation it approves if the caucus remains uniform.

Manchin’s refusal to support Tanden, coupled with the difficulty of getting a Republican to support her, made Tanden’s path to confirmation very narrow.

During her confirmation hearing, Tanden was questioned about her tweets from the past, including comparing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., To Harry Potter villain Voldemort, and writing that ‘vampires have more heart’ than Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the independent in Vermont, has also pointed out Tanden’s ‘brutal attacks’ on him and other progressive people in the past, especially when Sanders acted against former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination. adviser of the Clinton campaign.

Teeth said during her confirmation hearing: “I regret it terribly and apologize for my language and my previous language.”

Biden, in a statement issued by the White House, said of Tanden: ‘I have the utmost respect for her record of achievement, her experience and her advice, and I look forward to putting her in a role in my administration. to be served. ‘

“She will bring valuable perspective and insight into our work,” the president said.

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said last week that if Tanden is not confirmed, “we will find another place for her to serve in the government that does not need to be confirmed by the Senate.”

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