WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 19, 2021)—today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his decision to oppose Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director nominee Neera Tanden.
“I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden’s public statements and tweets that were personally directed towards my colleagues on both sides of the aisle from Senator Sanders to Senator McConnell and others. 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. For this reason, I cannot support her nomination. As I have said before, we must take meaningful steps to end the political division and dysfunction that pervades our politics. At a time of grave crisis, it is more important than ever that we chart a new bipartisan course that helps address the many serious challenges facing our nation.”
“I do think the last several years have been very polarizing and I apologize for my language that has contributed to that,” Tanden told members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. “I know it’s on me to demonstrate to this committee and to Republican members and Democratic members I can work with anyone.”
In a statement, White House press secretary Jen Psaki called Tanden “an accomplished policy expert who would be an excellent Budget Director.” The statement said the White House is looking forward next week’s committee votes “and to continuing to work toward her confirmation through engagement with both parties.”
President Joe Biden nominated Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, for the OMB director position. She also served as an adviser to Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.
“Before leading American Progress, Tanden was the organization’s chief operating officer. She previously served as senior adviser for health reform at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In that role, she developed policies around reform and worked with Congress and stakeholders on particular provisions of President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement—the Affordable Care Act.”
“Prior to that, Tanden was the director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden presidential campaign, where she managed all domestic policy proposals. Tanden also served as policy director for Hillary Clinton’s first presidential campaign, where she directed all policy work and oversaw the debate preparation process for then-Sen. Clinton (D-NY).”
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) would need to convince one Republican to vote with the Democrats to confirm Neera Tanden. The vote stands at 49/51 with Manchin in the no column.
Source: Senator Joe Manchin