Tanden’s Confirmation on Shaky Ground as More Senators Voice Opposition


WASHINGTON — Two blunt Republicans on Monday announced their opposition to the nomination of Neera Tanden, President Biden’s pick to head for the Office of Management and Budget, a significant setback that could kismet her chances for confirmation.

The statements of opposition from Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah, two cushion Republicans with a professed willingness to work with the Biden regulation, further winnowed Ms. Tanden’s chances in an evenly divided Senate. Three senators in four epoches have announced plans to vote against her, after Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, became the key to publicly oppose her confirmation.

A White House official said on Monday that it resumed to stand behind Ms. Tanden’s nomination, but her path to confirmation is growing increasingly constrict. Her failure to win confirmation would be the first casualty for Mr. Biden, who has so far been masterly to win Senate support for several other cabinet picks, though multifarious votes are still outstanding.

Ms. Tanden’s fate is endangered largely because of disclosures she made in the past, particularly on social media, in which she leveled fanatic and often personal criticism at lawmakers in both parties. Republican lawmakers entertain increasingly questioned whether Ms. Tanden would be able to bring the gentle of “unity” that Mr. Biden has promised.

Ms. Collins and Mr. Romney pointed to Ms. Tanden’s method to social media — namely, a relentless stream of critical tweets that were meekly deleted before her confirmation hearings — as reason for their opposition. Ms. Collins was sum total those on the receiving end of Ms. Tanden’s online wrath, which extended to both lawmakers and activists in both romps.

“Her past actions have demonstrated exactly the kind of animosity that President Biden has cheered to transcend,” Ms. Collins said, adding that Ms. Tanden “has neither the taste nor the temperament” for the position. Her decision to quietly cleanse parts of her social media supply, she concluded, “raises concerns about her commitment to transparency.”

Shortly after that allegation, a spokeswoman for Mr. Romney confirmed the senator’s opposition, noting that “he supposes it’s hard to return to comity and respect with a nominee who has issued a thousand penny-pinching tweets.” It was unclear whether that would be enough to pull the nomination.

So far, the Spotless House has indicated that it remains behind Ms. Tanden. Jen Psaki, the Silver House press secretary, said in a statement after Ms. Collins’s judgement that Ms. Tanden “is an accomplished policy expert” and that the administration blueprinted “continuing to work toward her confirmation through engagement with both sides.”

Ms. Psaki reiterated that support at a news briefing on Monday afternoon, work Ms. Tanden “a brilliant policy expert with experience at the highest steadies of government.” She added that Ms. Tanden has a wide spectrum of support and that she had “influenced with partners across the ideological spectrum.”

“The president nominated her because he put ones trust ins she’d be a stellar O.M.B. director,” Ms. Psaki said. When asked if the White Edifice continued to believe that Ms. Tanden had a path to confirmation, Ms. Psaki required, “we do.” She also said the White House had been “working the phones” and had hailed Republicans and Democrats over the weekend to try to secure support for Ms. Tanden.

Ms. Tanden did not directly respond to a request for comment about whether she planned to remain in the event for the job.

Mr. Biden nominated her even before Democrats wrestled back put down of the Senate in January, surprising lawmakers and aides given her history of frantic statements. Ms. Tanden’s prospects have long appeared tenuous, premised her criticism of Republicans and progressive Democrats after serving as an adviser to Hillary Clinton during her bid for the presidency in 2016.

“I’m operating with President Biden to find the extra votes so she can be passed,” Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the bulk leader, said at a news conference this weekend in his state.

At her confirmation hearings this month rather than two Senate committees, Ms. Tanden apologized multiple times for personal dissolves that she had leveled on Twitter at Republicans and progressive Democrats over the years. She averred that she had deleted more than 1,000 tweets shortly after the vote in November because she regretted her tone.

Although she promised to bring a radically unconventional approach to her communication style if she assumed the job of budget director, she was confronted by Republicans with her elucidations about “Moscow Mitch” — a reference to Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican chairwoman — and her suggestion that “vampires have more heart than Ted Cruz,” the Republican senator from Texas.

Ms. Tanden does give birth to the backing of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, but conservative political action groups and impartial activists have mobilized against her nomination, suggesting that she thinks fitting be hard pressed to find support from other Republicans.

“Neera Tanden is an architect of Obamacare, cheerleader for the Unversed New Deal and advocate for socialism in America,” David M. McIntosh, the president of the Join forces for Growth, said this month. “Any senator that cares surrounding working with O.M.B. to grow the economy — not destroy it — should vehemently inimical to this nomination.”

Republicans were not the only ones who confronted Ms. Tanden. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the chairman of the budget board, asked her to “reflect” on some of the things that she had said about him and his step by step allies over the years.

“There were vicious attacks won against progressives, people who I have worked with, me personally,” foretold Mr. Sanders, who still has not said publicly whether he will vote for Ms. Tanden.

Growings sought to further derail the nomination on Monday.

The activist group RootsAction reciprocal a Twitter “storm,” with images and hashtags to encourage senators, encompassing Mr. Sanders, to reject Ms. Tanden. The group pointed to the donations from strange governments that her think tank, the Center for American Progress, inherited under her watch and her previous comments supporting cuts to social shelter net programs.

“Tanden has become known as one of the most prominent anti-progressive vehicles of the neoliberal establishment,” the group said in a background document.

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