President Joe Biden has decided to nominate Neera Tanden to become the new head of the Office of Management and Budget but will need cross-party support to have her confirmed after Democratic Senator Joe Manchin has stated that he will vote against her nomination.
However, former Republican Senator Jeff Flake has voiced his support for Tanden, who once described the former Senator as ‘criminally ignorant’.
Why does she face opposition?
Tanden needs all Democrats to vote for her confirmation, operating under the assumption that every Republican will vote against her.
However, with Democrat Senator Joe Manchin confirming that he will not vote for her confirmation, she now needs cross-party support in the Senate in order to get confirmed.
Manchin cited in a statement that he will not be voting for her confirmation over concerns he has regarding previous statements she has made in the past, directed towards Senators on both sides of the aisle.
He believes that her ‘partisan statements’ regarding members will have a ‘toxic and detrimental impact’ on the relationship between members of the House and the Senate with the Office of Management and Budget.
Manchin cites his decision also boils down wanting to end the rugged division that wraps US politics.
He believes that the time of crisis the United States currently finds itself in is even more of a reason to pursue a ‘new bipartisan course’ for the nation, that can face the challenges of the modern-day together.
Other Senators are yet to indicate how they vote in the upcoming nomination proceedings, however, President Biden confirmed on the weekend that will not pull Tanden’s nomination, despite reservations that his party holds.
What did Flake say?
Former Republican Senator Jeff Flake has voiced his support for Tanden’s nomination via Twitter, despite the fact that in 2018, she referred to him as ‘criminally ignorant’.
Flake took to his social media to express his support for his former foe, citing that she is ‘smart, experienced and qualified’ to be in charge of the Office of Management and Budget.
He then went on to back up his support for the Democratic nominee, claiming that, in the future, there will be a Republican president who will need their nominations confirmed via cross-party support in the Senate.
Tanden’s confirmation cannot be predicted, with Republicans refusing to say which way they’ll vote, and a Democrat already saying he will vote against, the 50-50 split Senate will have a lot of work on its hands in the coming days.