Collins to oppose Neera Tanden’s nomination to lead Biden’s budget office

Washington — Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, will vote in opposition to confirming Neera Tanden to guide the Workplace of Administration and Price range, she introduced Monday, additional placing Tanden’s nomination in peril within the evenly divided Senate.

“Congress has to have the ability to belief the OMB director to make numerous selections in an neutral method, finishing up the letter of the regulation and congressional intent. Neera Tanden has neither the expertise nor the temperament to guide this essential company,” Collins stated in a press release. “Her previous actions have demonstrated precisely the form of animosity that President Biden has pledged to transcend.”

The Maine Republican additionally criticized Tanden’s determination to delete tweets earlier than President Biden introduced her nomination final 12 months, saying the transfer “raises considerations about her dedication to transparency.”

“Ought to Congress have to evaluate paperwork or actions taken by OMB, we will need to have confidence that the director can be forthcoming,” Collins stated. “The OMB wants regular, skilled, responsive management.”

Tanden, who leads the Middle for American Progress, a liberal assume tank, faces a steep battle to affirmation, as her historical past of combative tweets focusing on senators on either side of the aisle rankled Republicans, particularly. Tanden in contrast Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell to “Voldemort,” referred to as Collins “the worst” and claimed Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, was a “fraud.”

Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, introduced Friday he opposes Tanden’s nomination, doubtlessly delivering a dying blow to her affirmation as Democrats management simply 50 seats within the Senate. Manchin cited Tanden’s “overly partisan statements” as his purpose for voting in opposition to her affirmation, warning they may have a “poisonous and detrimental impression on the essential working relationship between members of Congress and the subsequent director of the Workplace of Administration and Price range.”

Nonetheless, Mr. Biden advised reporters Friday he wouldn’t withdraw Tanden’s nomination, and Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer stated Sunday he’s working to “discover the additional votes” to hold her throughout the end line. For Tanden to take the helm on the White Home finances workplace, a Republican senator would wish to cross the aisle and vote to substantiate her, leaving Vice President Kamala Harris to interrupt a 50-50 tie.

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