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.”

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Neera Tanden’s appointment becomes less likely

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.”

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.

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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”.

Tanden was accused of physical assault Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ former campaign manager when he worked for the leftist party ThinkProgress, led by Tanden.

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.

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.”

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.