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Tanden's Confirmation on Shaky Ground as More Senators Voice Opposition

Added 02-22-21 02:40:04pm EST - “Two Republican senators said they would not vote to confirm President Biden’s nominee to head the budget office, further dimming her chances to secure enough support in an evenly divided chamber.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “Tanden’s Confirmation on Shaky Ground as More Senators Voice Opposition”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Two Republican senators said they would not vote to confirm President Biden’s nominee to head the budget office, further dimming her chances to secure enough support in an evenly divided chamber.

WASHINGTON — Two moderate Republicans on Monday announced their opposition to the nomination of Neera Tanden, President Biden’s pick to head the Office of Management and Budget, a significant setback that could doom her chances for confirmation.

The statements of opposition from Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah, two moderate Republicans with a professed willingness to work with the Biden administration, further winnowed Ms. Tanden’s chances in an evenly divided Senate. Three senators in four days have announced plans to vote against her, after Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, became the first to publicly oppose her confirmation.

A White House official said on Monday that it continued to stand behind Ms. Tanden’s nomination, but her path to confirmation is growing increasingly narrow. Her failure to win confirmation would be the first casualty for Mr. Biden, who has so far been able to win Senate support for several other cabinet picks, though many votes are still outstanding.

Ms. Tanden’s fate is endangered largely because of statements she made in the past, particularly on social media, in which she leveled partisan and often personal criticism at lawmakers in both parties. Republican lawmakers have increasingly questioned whether Ms. Tanden would be able to bring the kind of “unity” that Mr. Biden has promised.

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