WASHINGTON – Two liberal Republicans announced their opposition to the nomination of Neera Tandon on Monday, after President Biden was elected to the office of management and head of budget, a significant setback that could ruin her opportunities for confirmation.
Statements of opposition from Uden’s Senator Susan Collins and Mitt Romney of Ut, two liberal Republicans with a desire to work with the Biden administration, further won Ms. Tandon opportunities in the Senate. In four days three senators announced plans to vote against him, becoming the first to publicly oppose his confirmation, after Senator Joe Manchin III, the Democratic of West Virginia.
A White House official said on Monday that he continued to stand behind Ms. Tandon’s nomination, but his path to confirmation is moving fast. His failure to win confirmation would be the first casualty for Mr. Biden, who so far has been able to win Senate support for several other cabinet picks, although many votes are still outstanding.
Ms Tandon’s fortunes are largely in crisis, as she has made biased and often personal criticism of statements made in the past, particularly on social media, in which she has MPs in both parties. Republican lawmakers have increasingly questioned whether Ms. Tandon will be able to bring the kind of “unity” that Mr. Biden has promised.
Ms. Collins and Mr. Romney alluded to Ms. Tandon’s approach to social media – namely, a relentless stream of critical tweets that were quietly deleted before her confirmation hearing – the reason for her protest. At the end of Ms. Tandon’s online rage, Ms. Collins was among those who outnumbered legalists and activists on both sides.
“Her past actions have demonstrated the utter disharmony that President Biden vows to overcome,” Ms. Collins said, adding that Tandon has neither experience nor temperament for the position. His decision to quietly clear parts of his social media feed, he concluded, “increases concerns about his commitment to transparency.”
Shortly after that statement, a spokesman for Mr. Romney confirmed the senator’s opposition, noting that “he believes it is difficult to return to comedy and to honor a nominee who has made a thousand meanings” Has issued tweets. ” It was not clear whether the nomination would be enough to pull it off.
So far, the White House has indicated that it remains behind Ms. Tandon. The White House press secretary, Jane Saki, said in a statement following Ms. Collins’ decision that Ms. Tandon is “an accomplished policy expert” and that the administration has “continued to work to confirm it through engagement with both parties.” Planned.
Ms Saki reiterated that support at a news briefing on Monday afternoon, calling Ms Tandon “a brilliant policy expert with experience at the highest levels of government”. She Ms. Tandon has a broad spectrum of support and “worked with partners across the ideological spectrum.”
“The president nominated her because she believes she will be a stellar OMB director,” Ms Saki said. Asked whether the White House believed that Ms. Tenden had a way to confirm, Ms. Saki said, “We do.” She It also said the White House was “working the phone” and called Republicans and Democrats over the weekend to try to secure safe support for Ms. Tandon.
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Ms. Tandon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether she planned to remain in the running for the job.
Mr Biden nominated him before the Senate was brought back under control in January, surprising MPs and aides given the history of his inflammatory statements. After serving as an adviser to Hillary Clinton during her bid for the presidency in 2016, Ms. Tandon’s prospects appeared long after she was criticized by Republicans and progressive Democrats.
“I am working with President Biden to allow him to pass,” Senator Chuck Shumer, New York’s majority leader, said at a news conference in his state this weekend.
At this month’s confirmation hearing in front of two Senate committees, Ms. Tandon apologized several times for the personal attacks she had put on Twitter over the years of Republicans and progressive Democrats. She She said she deleted more than 1,000 tweets immediately after the election in November because she regretted her tone.
Although she promised to bring a different kind of approach to her communication style, if she assumed the job of budget director, she was confronted by Republicans with her comments about the “Moscow Mitch” – Kentucky senator A reference to Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader – and his suggestion that “the vampire has more heart than Ted Cruz,” the Republican senator from Texas.
Ms. Tandon has the support of the American Chamber of Commerce, but conservative political action groups and liberal activists have rallied against her nomination, suggesting she would be hard pressed to garner support from other Republicans.
David M., president of the Club for Growth. Mackintosh said, “Neera Tanden is a cheerleader for the Green New Deal and an advocate of socialism in America.” “Any senator who cares about working with the OMB to grow the economy – not destroy it – should oppose this test.”
The Republicans were not the only ones who faced Ms. Tandon. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, chairman of the budget committee, asked him to “reflect” on some of the things he and his progressive colleagues had said.
“Vicious attacks were made against Sanders, the people who have worked with me,” I said personally, Mr. Sanders, who still hasn’t said publicly whether he would vote for Ms. Tandon.
Progressivists demanded the cancellation of nomination on Monday.
Activist group RootsAction coordinated a Twitter “storm” with images and hashtags to encourage senators, including Mr. Sanders, to reject Ms. Tandon. The group pointed to donations from foreign governments that its think tank, the Center for American Progress, received under its watch and that its previous comments support cuts to social safety net programs.
The group said in a background document, “Tanden is known as one of the most prominent progressive progressive voices of the Neolithic establishment.”