Neera Tanden’s nomination to head the Office of Management and Budget is hanging by a threat, with Republicans coalescing against her after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced his opposition over her history of pointed statements on social media – now, she needs support from several unlikely allies to make it through.
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 10: Neera Tanden, nominee for Director of the Office of Management and … [+] Budget (OMB), testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Budget Committee on February 10, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Tanden helped found the Center for American Progress, a policy research and advocacy organization and has held senior advisory positions in Democratic politics since the Clinton administration. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images)
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Manchin announced Friday that he would oppose Tanden’s nomination over tweets in which she disparaged Republicans and progressives, which he said would have a “toxic and detrimental impact” on the relationship between Congress and the OMB.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), one of a handful of Republicans who have voted for every Biden nominee so far, said Monday she, too, would oppose confirming Tanden, who once referred to Collins in a tweet as “the worst.”
So far no Republican has come forward to support her nomination, with Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) – none of whom have voted against a Biden nominee yet – announcing their opposition.
Tanden will need