Joe Biden's Indian-American nominee to lead budget faces challenge to her confirmation

Indian-American Neera Tanden, US President Joe Bidens nominee for the position of Director of White House Office of Management and Budget, is facing a challenge to her confirmation after Democratic Senator Joe Manchin announced that he would vote against her for her overtly partisan statements. Manchin's announcement means that unless a Republican senator comes forward to support her nomination, it is unlikely that Tanden, 50, will be confirmed for the job.

PTI | Washington DC | Updated: 20-02-2021 10:09 IST | Created: 20-02-2021 09:38 IST
Joe Biden's Indian-American nominee to lead budget faces challenge to her confirmation
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Indian-American Neera Tanden, US President Joe Biden's nominee for the position of Director of White House Office of Management and Budget, is facing a challenge to her confirmation after Democratic Senator Joe Manchin announced that he would vote against her for her ''overtly partisan statements''.

Manchin's announcement means that unless a Republican senator comes forward to support her nomination, it is unlikely that Tanden, 50, will be confirmed for the job. Manchin, a moderate Democrat from West Virginia, said: ''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,'' he said.

The 100-member Senate is evenly split between the Republicans and the Democrats. The vote of Vice-President Kamala Harris will tilt the balance in favor of the Democrats. As such the vote of Manchin gains significance, given that a majority of the Republicans are likely to oppose the nomination of Tanden.

In the past, Tanden has referred to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as ''Voldemort,'' and has battled Senator Bernie Sanders and his supporters online.

President Biden on Friday said that he has enough votes to get her confirmation.

"I think we are going to find the votes and get her confirmed," Biden told reporters at Joint Base Andrews following a trip to the Pfizer vaccine manufacturing plant in Michigan.

Despite Manchin's opposition, Biden said he will not pull the nomination.

"No," he told reporters.

"Neera Tanden is an accomplished policy expert who would be an excellent Budget Director and we look forward to the committee votes next week and to continuing to work toward her confirmation through engagement with both parties,'' White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said. Tanden apologized to senators during her confirmation hearings this month.

"I deeply regret and apologize for my language, and some of my past languages," she said.

Tanden reportedly deleted more than 1,000 tweets before her confirmation process started.

According to The New York Times, the announcement by Manchin underscored the fragility of the ambitions of the new Democratic majority in the Senate and the outsize power that anyone senator holds over the success of Biden's administration and agenda.

"The fate of the nomination is now in the hands of a party that Ms. Tanden has frequently criticized in the past, particularly moderate Republicans she has previously scorned. Ms. Tanden would need the support of at least one Republican senator in order to be confirmed, with the vote of Vice President Kamala Harris needed to break a tie," the daily said.

If she fails to garner enough support, Tanden would be the first Biden administration pick not to win Senate confirmation. No Republicans have said they would vote for her yet.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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