WASHINGTON – Two moderate Republican senators said Monday they would oppose Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden’s candidate for the White House Office of Management and Budget, further jeopardizing her confirmation.
A spokesman for Senator Mitt Romney said Monday morning that the Utah Republican would oppose Tanden’s nomination, citing his criticism of “the extreme rhetoric of previous nominees.”
“Senator Romney has criticized the extreme rhetoric of previous candidates, and it is consistent with that position. He believes it is difficult to return to courtesy and respect with a candidate who has posted a thousand mean tweets, ”Romney spokeswoman Arielle Mueller said.
Romney’s opposition comes after Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, said on Monday that she too would oppose Tanden, saying Tanden had “neither the experience nor the temperament to run this critical agency.” .
Romney sits on both the Senate Budget and Homeland Security and Government Affairs committees, both of which are expected to vote to advance Tanden’s Senate nomination this week.
Senator Joe Manchin, DW.V., said on Friday he would oppose Tanden, which means at least one Republican must vote for Tanden for her to win confirmation. Biden said last week they had the votes to confirm it, but it’s unclear which Republicans might support Tanden.
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentionned On Monday morning, the White House would advance Tanden’s appointment, calling Tanden an “accomplished political expert,” a historic choice as the first Asian American to head the agency, and someone with “lived experience having benefited from a number of federal programs as a child. “
Tanden, the former leader of the Liberal Center for American Progress, had been criticized during the confirmation process for her previous tweets and statements criticizing lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
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For example, Tanden had called Collins “the worst”, “a false advocate of Roe v. Wade” and accused her of “flat deception” for her vote to uphold Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
So far, all of the nominees in Biden’s Cabinet or Cabinet have been confirmed by the Senate with large margins, with the exception of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who got the confirmation by a vote from 56 to 43. Six Republican senators voted for Mayorkas: Dan Sullivan of Alaska; Mitt Romney of Utah; Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia; Rob Portman of Ohio; Susan Collins of Maine; and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska.
Contributor: Matthew Brown