Joe Biden’s Indian-American nominee Neera Tanden faces challenge to confirmation
President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Indian-American Neera Tanden, is facing a challenge to her confirmation.
On Friday, Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he would oppose the nomination of 50 year old Neera Tanden. Indian-American Neera Tanden is Joe Biden’s nominee for the position of Director of White House Office of Management and Budget. Sen. Joe Manchin revealed that he would vote against her for her “overtly partisan statements”.
Sen. Joe Manchin is a moderate Democrat from West Virginia. He 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.”
He further confirmed that he will not support her nomination and said, “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.”
This announcement made by Manchin means that Tanden will not be able to confirm her job until and unless a Republican senator comes forward to support her nomination.
Senate comprises of 100 members and is evenly split between the Republicans and the Democrats. Kamala Harris’s vote will tilt the balance in favour of the Democrats. Majority of the Republicans are likely to oppose Tanden’s nomination as she has been frequently criticised in the past. She made critical public statements and wrote against the members of both parties on social media.
Manchin opposed and cited Tanden’s statement that were personally directed at the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Vermont independent now in charge of the Senate Budget Committee Bernie Sanders.
Tanden referred to McConnell as “Voldemort” and battled Sanders and his supporters online.
Despite Manchin’s opposition Biden made it clear that he will not pull the nomination. On Friday, Biden asserted that he has enough votes to get Tanden’s confirmation. He told reporters at Joint Base Andrews, “I think we are going to find the votes and get her confirmed.”
Before her confirmation process started Tanden deleted more than 1,000 tweets. During her confirmation hearings she even apologised to senators and said, “I deeply regret and apologise for my language, and some of my past language.”
If Tanden is not able to collect enough support for her confirmation, she would be the first Biden administration pick not to win Senate confirmation.