Neera Tanden vote abruptly delayed as Biden budget pick’s nomination in jeopardy

According to a new report from Fox News “the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and Budget Committees postponed planned business meetings Wednesday where they were supposed to vote on Neera Tanden, President Biden’s pick to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget.”

Per the report, Tanden’s nomination was on shaky ground ahead of the scheduled committee votes after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and other Republicans said they would oppose her nomination last week.

Manchin explained “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.”

He added “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.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted moments ago:

Neera Tanden is a leading policy expert who brings critical qualifications to the table during this time of unprecedented crisis.

She also has important perspective and values, understanding firsthand the powerful difference policy can make in the lives of those going through hard times.

She has a broad spectrum of support, ranging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to labor unions, and has a strong record of working with both parties that we expect to grow in President Biden’s cabinet as the first South Asian woman to lead OMB.