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Manchin Defends Opposition to Biden Nominee Neera Tanden After Criticism

Added 02-22-21 08:34:07pm EST - “Senator Joe Manchin (D- WV) defended his opposition to confirming Neera Tanden to be the next director of the Office of Management and Budget.” - Mediaite.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Mediaite.com: “Manchin Defends Opposition to Biden Nominee Neera Tanden After Criticism”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Senator Joe Manchin (D- WV) defended his opposition to confirming Neera Tanden to be the next director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Republicans recently questioned Tanden about her past tweets attacking senators (mostly Republicans but also some about Bernie Sanders), and Manchin announced just days ago he would not support her — imperiling her nomination in a 50-50 Senate.

It’s doubtful at this point that any Republican would vote to confirm Tanden, and on Monday night Manchin defended his decision, invoking the Capitol riots on January 6th.

CNN’s Manu Raju tweeted that he asked Manchin why he’s opposing Tanden but supported Ric Grenell, given past tweets from the latter — a point Biden supporters have brought up in blasting Manchin’s decision. Manchin said it was an issue of “timing” and cited the riots.

“In this moment of time, we are all in this together — we can’t have that type of animosity interfering in this country,” Manchin said.

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