Biden Nominee Faces Blowback From Senate

Biden Nominee Faces Blowback From Senate

( – President Biden’s hopes of appointing the controversial Neera Tanden as head of the powerful White House Office of Budget and Management were fading on Monday night, as senators lined up to say they wouldn’t support her nomination. With a key moderate Democrat already opposed, Biden needs to find a renegade Republican to lend a vote – and even the wettest of GOP senators seem to draw the line at supporting Tanden.

Last Friday, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said he couldn’t support Tanden’s nomination, citing her repeated social media attacks on both Republican and Democrat senators and saying her appointment would have a “toxic and detrimental” effect. The 50-50 split in the Senate means that, without Manchin’s vote, Biden needs at least one GOP senator to support Tanden – and the likely candidates are ruling themselves out.

Susan Collins (R-ME) is one of the most left-wing GOP senators, but on February 22 she said “Tanden has neither the experience nor the temperament to lead this critical agency.” Collins was also one of many victims of Tanden’s social media attacks. Before her nomination, Tanden reportedly took to Twitter and called Collins “the worst.”

Mitt Romney (R-UT) said on Monday that “I could not support her.” If even those RINOs aren’t going to vote for her, her chances of success are looking slim.

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