Two Senate committees are anticipated to vote on whether or not to advance her nomination to the ground as Tanden faces resistance from Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, a centrist from West Virginia, and a wide selection of Republicans, who’ve mentioned they won’t again her due to her previous partisan criticisms aimed toward lawmakers in sharp assaults at odds with Biden’s pledges of civility and unity.
If Tanden’s nomination stalls out, it might be the primary defeat of a high-profile Biden decide topic to Senate approval and would underscore the slim margin of error Democrats should deal with in a Senate with a 50-50 partisan break up.
The embattled nominee stands an opportunity of profitable affirmation if she wins the assist of average Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, however it’s removed from clear that can occur.
Sinema sits on the Senate Homeland Safety and Governmental Affairs Committee, one of many two committees slated to take up the nomination on Wednesday, and has thus far refused to say how she is going to vote.
Requested if he believes all Democrats on his panel will assist the nominee, Sen. Gary Peters, the Michigan Democrat who chairs the Homeland Safety committee, informed CNN on Tuesday, “I have never talked to all of them however I consider we’ll.”
Murkowski has indicated she will not decide till after the committee vote. “I’ve received time,” she mentioned when requested when she would make her place recognized.
The Senate Finances Committee, chaired by Sen. Bernie Sanders, an unbiased who caucuses with Democrats, can also be anticipated to vote on the nomination on Wednesday. The Vermont senator — who has clashed with Tanden previously — wouldn’t say Tuesday if he deliberate to assist her for the place.
Tanden apologized and expressed remorse over her previous tweets throughout Senate affirmation hearings earlier this month.
In a press release saying his opposition to the nomination, Manchin mentioned that Tanden’s feedback on Twitter about Sanders and Republican colleagues, together with Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell, had led him to doubt she was the correct match.
“I’ve rigorously reviewed Neera Tanden’s public statements and tweets that have been personally directed in the direction of my colleagues on each side of the aisle from Senator Sanders to Senator McConnell and others. I consider her overtly partisan statements could have a poisonous and detrimental impression on the vital working relationship between members of Congress and the subsequent director of the Workplace of Administration and Finances,” Manchin mentioned in a press release. “For that reason, I can’t assist her nomination.”
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who had been considered as a possible swing vote, equally expressed opposition over Tanden’s rhetoric.
In a press release, Collins cited Tanden’s “previous actions” and mentioned the OMB nominee doesn’t have the “expertise nor the temperament” to steer the workplace.
“Congress has to have the ability to belief the OMB director to make numerous selections in an neutral method, finishing up the letter of the regulation and congressional intent,” Collins mentioned. “Neera Tanden has neither the expertise nor the temperament to steer this essential company. Her previous actions have demonstrated precisely the form of animosity that President Biden has pledged to transcend.”
Collins additionally mentioned that Tanden’s deletion of tweets earlier than her affirmation was introduced “raises considerations about her dedication to transparency.”
GOP Sen. John Cornyn of Texas on Tuesday referred to as on Biden to withdraw the nomination given the stiff resistance she faces.
“My pleasant recommendation to President Biden is to withdraw Neera Tanden’s nomination and choose somebody who on the very least has not … brazenly bashed individuals on each side of the aisle that she occurs to disagree with,” he mentioned.
CNN’s Manu Raju, Lauren Fox and Chandelis Duster contributed to this report.