Democrats are launching a “full-scale effort” to drum up the votes to verify Neera Tanden, President Biden’s choose to be the director of the Workplace of Administration and Funds, after highly effective moderates within the Senate signaled they wouldn’t provide their assist.
Requested if he would whip the Tanden affirmation vote, Sen. Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ailing., stated: “We’re doing a type of a full-scale effort, together with the White Home and others to search out assist.”
White Home press secretary Jen Psaki refused to say whether or not Biden was contemplating a substitute for the embattled OMB nominee. “There may be one candidate to steer the price range division. Her identify is Neera Tanden,” she stated.
Psaki stated Wednesday that each the White Home and Tanden have been within the “combating” part and have been “doing outreach” to senators to search out assist.
“It is a numbers sport, proper? It is a matter of getting one Republican to assist her nomination,” she stated.
The feisty longtime Democratic coverage advisor misplaced assist from Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., resulting from her Twitter fingers, which he stated foreshadowed a “poisonous and detrimental” relationship between the OMB and Congress.
With out Manchin’s vote, Tanden can be right down to assist from solely 49 Democrat senators. However one other reasonable Democrat, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, Ariz., has not stated how she’ll vote, and neither has Bernie Sanders, Vermont, a punching bag for Tanden when she labored on Hillary Clinton’s marketing campaign in 2016. Sanders confronted Tanden throughout a Funds Committee vote over company donations to the Middle for American Progress whereas she was president and for “vicious assaults” on progressives equivalent to himself.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who has not but opposed a single Biden nominee, stated she wouldn’t be voting to verify Tanden on Monday. Tanden as soon as referred to Collins as “the worst” in a tweet. Sens. Shelley Capito, R-W.Va., Rob Portman, Ohio, and Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who even have not but opposed a Biden nominee, all stated that they are going to oppose Tanden.
No different Republican has come ahead to assist her nomination. Tanden may try and discover a pal in Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who instructed reporters she is “nonetheless visiting” the matter.
The Senate Homeland Safety and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and Funds Committees postponed deliberate enterprise conferences Wednesday the place they have been speculated to vote on Tanden, throwing her affirmation additional into doubt by the cancellation of the 2 committee votes.
In a earlier affirmation listening to, Tanden confronted hearth for hostile remarks of each Republicans and progressives.
Portman gave examples of “just a few of the hundreds of unfavourable public statements” Tanden has made. These included her calling Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., a “fraud,” saying that “vampires have extra coronary heart than Ted Cruz,” and referring to then-Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as “Moscow Mitch” and “Voldemort,” referring to the Harry Potter villain.
Portman stated that even after Tanden deleted tweets, there have been nonetheless 9 pages of posts about Cruz that have been nonetheless up.
“I’m wondering, particularly, how do you propose to fix fences and construct relationships with members of Congress you may have attacked by way of your public statements?” Portman requested.
“I acknowledge the priority,” Tanden replied. “I deeply remorse and apologize for my language — a few of my previous language. I acknowledge that this function is a bipartisan function, and I do know I’ve to earn the belief of senators throughout the board. I’ll work very aggressively to fulfill that concern.”
Tanden stated she hopes to work “in a bipartisan and nonpartisan method,” whereas acknowledging that “it’s upon me to show that to this committee and to members.”
Fox Information’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.