The White House has mentioned it’s “fighting” for the nomination of Indian-American Neera Tanden to steer the Office of Management and Budget as two essential Senate committees abruptly postponed conferences on her affirmation.
Speculation was rife on Wednesday that the White House is struggling to get the required votes for the affirmation of Ms Tanden, amidst sturdy opposition from the Republicans and some Democratic senators over her previous Twitter outbursts towards a number of lawmakers, together with these from her personal occasion.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Senate Budget Committee abruptly postponed votes on Ms Tanden’s affirmation, scheduled for Wednesday.
“We’re fighting for the nomination, and she (Tanden) and our team remain in close contact with senators and key constituency groups. She is an expert whose qualifications are critical during this time of an unprecedented crisis,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki instructed reporters at her each day information convention.
If confirmed by the Senate, 50-year-old Ms Tanden would develop into the primary individual of color to go the federal company that prepares the annual funds of the US authorities.
Ms Tanden, Ms Psaki mentioned, has rolled up her sleeves.
“She’s very engaged and doing outreach to senators, to members on the Hill — answering any questions they have and offering to do that. And we’re doing the same,” she mentioned.
“There’s one nominee to lead the budget department; her name is Neera Tanden, and that’s who we”re continuing to fight for,” Ms Psaki mentioned when requested if the White House is searching for for choices.
Ms Tanden reportedly deleted greater than 1,000 tweets earlier than her affirmation course of began. She had apologised to senators throughout her affirmation hearings earlier this month.
President Joe Biden didn’t reply to questions on Ms Tanden throughout a media interplay on Wednesday.
“That’s not the stage we’re in,” Ms Psaki mentioned when requested if Ms Tanden has provided to withdraw her nomination.
“The stage we’re in is working to continue to fight for her nomination. And as you know, it”s a numbers game. It’s a matter of getting one Republican to support her nomination. We’re continuing to do that outreach, answer questions they have, and continue to reiterate her qualifications,” she mentioned.
Politico reported that Ms Tanden’s nomination for Office of Management and Budget director appeared to spectacularly collapse this week.
With Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and quite a lot of reasonable Republican senators saying that they’d oppose her nomination, The Washington Post mentioned it has most likely doomed her choice.
An op-ed in The Wall Street Journal mentioned Ms Tanden’s nomination seems to be as if it’ll fail Senate affirmation due to her tweets.
“In her years before the Twitter mast, Ms Tanden tweeted that Mitch McConnell was ”Voldemort” and ”Moscow Mitch”, compared Ted Cruz unfavourably to vampires, called Tom Cotton a ”fraud”, said that Bernie Sanders – a frequent Tanden target – was helped by Russia in the 2016 Democratic primaries, and called Sen. Collins’s reasons for voting to confirm then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh a ”pathetically bad faith argument as cover for President Trump’s vicious attacks on survivors of sexual assault”,” The Wall Street Journal mentioned.
The New York Times mentioned Tanden”s nomination is teetering.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz mentioned Ms Tanden’s nomination is on the rocks.
“We were on a path for Joe Biden to be the first president since Ronald Reagan to get every one of his cabinet nominees appointed, which didn”t make a whole lot of sense in a 50-50 Senate. With Manchin coming out against her, it’s clearly on the rocks,” he mentioned.
Republican Senator John Cornyn instructed reporters that Tanden has “been bipartisan in her criticism of everybody” — from Bernie Sanders to Joe Manchin and others.
“Clearly she was nominated because of her political credentials and frankly it’s because of the lack of Democratic support that her nomination is likely to fail,” he mentioned.
Later within the night, White House chief of employees Ron Klain instructed MSNBC they’re “fighting our guts out” to get Tanden confirmed. If not confirmed, they will not attempt to make her appearing director, however will put her in a task that does not require Senate affirmation.