Republican Sen Mitt Romney (Utah) and Susan Collins (Maine) both confirmed Monday morning that they would oppose the nomination of Neera Tanden as head of the Office of Budget Management, highlighting jeopardize his chances of confirmation
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 10: Neera Tanden, nominated as Director of the Office of Management and  Budget (OMB), testifies during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Budget Committee on February 10, 2021 in the ‘US Capitol in Washington, DC Tanden helped found the Center for American Progress, a policy research and advocacy organization, and has served in Democratic policy advisory positions since the Clinton administration (Photo by Anna Moneymaker-Pool / Getty Images)
President Biden’s candidate needs the support of at least one Republican after Sen Joe Manchin (D-WVirginie) announced on Friday that he would not vote in favor of Tanden, citing his controversial Twitter thread
However, Tanden’s outlook continues to deteriorate as Romney and Collins, two of the party’s more moderate members who are among Republicans most likely to vote with Democrats ?? says they will oppose his appointment
Collins released a scathing statement early Monday, claiming Tanden had “neither the experience nor the temper” to lead the Office of Budgetary Management, citing the “animosity” of his past actions, â ???? both towards his colleagues in the Senate and on social networks
The Maine senator also cited Tanden’s decision to remove posts from Twitter prior to its confirmation as a reason she would not vote for it, saying the move raises concerns about her commitment to the transparencya????
A spokesperson for Romney said the Utah Republican criticized the extreme rhetoric of previous candidates and Tanden is – consistent with that position, – adding: “He believes it is difficult to return to courtesy and respect with a candidate who has posted a thousand nasty tweets ????
Nonetheless, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told a press conference Monday afternoon that the Biden administration still saw a path to its confirmation, and Democratic Senate Whip Dick Durbin (Ill) determined him – too soon – to consider withdrawing his appointment
– We have to measure the support she might have among other Republicans, â ?? Durbin said on Monday afternoon
Tandenâ ????, a longtime Hillary Clinton aide who played a pivotal role in the development of the Affordable Care Act, quickly emerged as one of Biden’s most controversial nominees when ” he announced his selection in November last year The majority of complaints from lawmakers are about his outspoken criticism of Republicans on social media, a topic that was repeatedly raised during his confirmation hearings earlier this month Tanden explicitly criticized members of Congress online ahead of his appointment, calling Collins “the worst” and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – Voldemortâ ????
– His past actions have demonstrated exactly the kind of animosity President Biden is committed to transcending, – Collins says
Senate Homeland Security and Budget Committees set to vote this week on Tanden’s appointment
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