The White House Chief of Staff has confirmed that Neera Tanden will be offered a position within the White House that will not require Senate approval if the Senate votes to reject her confirmation as the head of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Tanden already faces an uphill battle to be confirmed, with Democratic Senator Joe Manchin stating he will vote against her, whilst multiple other Republicans who would’ve been seen as viable options have also confirmed they will vote against her.
What did the White House say?
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain stated yesterday that Neera Tanden will receive a position within the Biden Administration, even if her confirmation gets turned by the Senate.
The administration has nominated Tanden to become the new head of the Office of Management and Budget and faces an uphill battle in order to take the position.
However, Klain is incredibly confident that she will get confirmed, despite support for her confirmation shrinking by the day.
Klain made the comments on MSNBC, where he stated the administration is working tireless to ensure her confirmation will happen.
He stated that she will ‘prove her critics wrong’, claiming that she would be an excellent director for both sides of the Senate.
He finished his appearance by stating that, if the Senate were to vote against her confirmation, then she would be offered a position within the administration that would not require prior approval from the Senate.
What’s her current situation?
The chances of Tanden receiving confirmation looks very bleak, despite the comments made by the White House yesterday.
Given the 50/50 split in the Senate, Tanden would have required all 50 Democratic Senators to vote for her confirmation, assuming that all Republican Senators would vote against.
However, Sen, Joe Manchin, a Democrat, threw a spanner into the works last week when he stated that he would join Republicans in voting against her, citing her numerous comments that she has made publicly in the past regarding Senators on both sides of the aisle.
This led to the Democrats scrambling to find a viable Republican to join them in voting for Tanden’s confirmation.
Viable Republican candidates included Senators Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, and Pat Toomey, all of who have stated that will vote against the confirmation.
Senator Bob Portman, a former head of the OMB, has also came out against Tanden, citing that some of the statements that she made, particularly online, would ‘make it more difficult’ for her to work in a partisan manner with both parties.
He also expressed concern about Tanden’s belief in transparency, after she deleted numerous tweets online during the election campaign.
Advocacy groups are now attempting to lobby Republican Senators John Cornyn and Lisa Murkowski to vote for the confirmation of Neera Tanden.
However, her luck appears to be running out, after Sen. Murkowski said that she would need ‘more time’ to consider her vote, after reporters asked her about a tweet from Tanden directed towards the Alaska Senator in 2017, where Tanden accused the Senator of ‘being high on her own supply’, in regards to a tweet put out about the GOP tax bill.
Tanden now faces a battle to earn her confirmation, a battle that she looks very likely to lose as her past comments come back to haunt her.