Biden Budget chooses Neera Tanden in peril after Romney, Collins join opposition
Neera Tanden, appointed by President Biden to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is facing the bipartisan opposition that could sink his confirmation.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) initially spoke out against his confirmation and has now been joined by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mitt Romney (R-UT).
Romney released a statement today joining his colleagues in saying he would oppose Tanden’s appointment to the post because of his past hyperpartisan rhetoric and attacks on Republicans.
“Senator Romney has criticized the extreme rhetoric of previous candidates, and it is consistent with that position,” read a statement from his office.
“He thinks it is difficult to return to courtesy and respect with a candidate who has posted a thousand mean tweets.”
Senator Mitt Romney will oppose Neera Tanden for the post of OMB director, joining Manchin and Collins as important votes against the nomination.
By a Romney spokesperson: pic.twitter.com/kUqTiZByZZ
– Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) February 22, 2021
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Neera Tanden’s appointment becomes less likely
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Romney joins Manchin and Collins in saying he will oppose Neera Tanden’s appointment.
“I believe his openly partisan statements will have a toxic and damaging impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress and the next director of the Bureau of Management and Budget,” Manchin said on Friday.
“Neera Tanden does not have the experience or the temperament to run this critical agency,” added Collins. “His past actions have demonstrated exactly the kind of animosity President Biden is committed to transcending.”
No possible reason other than sexism or racism that one could find Neera Tanden objectionable. pic.twitter.com/60A2leDNZF
– Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 21, 2021
Tanden’s nomination has been in trouble since being chosen by President Biden.
A spokesman for Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said in November that Tanden had “no chance” of be confirmed for the post.
The need for support from some Republicans was going to be necessary for her to cross the finish line, but her rich history of negative remarks towards GOP lawmakers was significant.
Watching Neeratanden deleting all his negative tweets about Republican senators is hilarious. His appointment is already a funeral.
– Garrett Ventry (@GarrettVentry) November 30, 2020
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Tanden’s transparent partisan attacks
Tanden spent the time leading up to his confirmation auditions trying to purge his Twitter feed of negative comments on Republican senators.
Among these were tweets in which she referred Minority Leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), as having “broken our democracy” while declaring that she likes it when he is called “Moscow Mitch”.
Another deleted tweet urged people to “focus their anger on McConnell and the GOP Senators who… allow him: Cory Gardner, Collins, Ernst, Cornyn, Perdue, Tillis and many more.”
But it’s not just Republicans who have a problem with President Biden’s choice of OMB.
Nomiki Konst, a former surrogate mother in Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, called Tanden an enemy of the left, accusing her of inciting “serious threats”.
Neera Tanden not only instigated serious threats to many people on the left with a megaphone, but she immediately threw false punches / smears at them, posted them, and then had her Reddit / tw Committee / MSNBC army boosted. to try to cancel those voices. The story will not reflect well
– Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) November 30, 2020
Tanden was accused of physical assault Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ former campaign manager when he worked for the leftist party ThinkProgress, led by Tanden.
In 2008, Neera Tanden physically assaulted her collaborator, Faiz Shakir, after asking Hillary Clinton a crucial question about the war in Iraq.
Biden has already broken his promise not to embrace brutal tyrants. https://t.co/iFdDxGerGE
– Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) November 30, 2020
She also sparked the ire of many when emails surfaced celebrating the act of starting a war with Libya just to steal their oil, which reportedly sparked a 24/7 news cycle. in the Trump administration.
Neera Tanden believes the way to reduce our deficit is to steal oil from countries like Libya to pay us back to bomb them, overthrow their government and turn them into a failed state. @Joe Biden Is this really the person you want in charge of managing our budget? pic.twitter.com/0H6E3P3lSs
– Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) December 3, 2020
The Libyan war, which began as a result of the “ Arab Spring ” movement and the NATO bombing campaign that overthrew Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, created what Time Magazine reports are “documented real slave auctions”.
President Biden continued to support Tanden despite growing opposition.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki touted her credentials which include – apparently – being an “Asian American woman” with “lived experience.”
WH is alongside Tanden … https://t.co/PHUsHjbkzH
– Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 22, 2021
Tanden apologized for his controversial statements, saying, “I deeply regret and apologize for my language – part of my past language.”
Will this apology be enough to get three more Republican votes that it will need to be confirmed?
“I think we’ll find the votes to confirm it,” Biden predicted.