The Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Budget Committee have postponed committee meetings to consider President Biden’s choice of Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget.
Tanden Nomination in Trouble
Tanden has the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and several labor unions. Still, she has failed to gain the confidence of crucial moderate senators, including West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, Maine’s Susan Collins, and Utah’s Mitt Romney. Susan Collins released a statement saying that she did not think Tanden had the experience or temperament to assume responsibility for the office. With the Senate evenly divided, President Biden would need at least one Republican vote to get his choice approved.
White House Still Wants Tanden
White House press secretary Jen Psaki says that the White House would still like to find a way for its nominee to succeed. Their best chance appears to be to convince Alaska’s Senator Lisa Murkowski to support the nomination.
Over the years, including while serving in her latest job as the head of the left-leaning Center for American Progress, Tanden has tweeted and said some horrible things about some Republican senators, including Susan Collins.
Who Might Get Nominated?
Some leaders are starting to mention other names, like Shalanda Young, a former Appropriations Committee staff member who Biden picked to be second in command of the Office of Management and Budget.
Others include California Governor Newsom’s former Chief of Staff Ann O’Leary, President Clinton’s and Obama’s former economic aide Gene Sperling, and former Office of Management and Budget official Martha Coven.
Whoever ends up with the approval will need to work closely with senators and representatives in the strongly divided bodies because of the chief responsibilities of this position to push forward the president’s agenda.