President Biden is confident the Senate will confirm Neera Tanden, his pick to head the White House Office of Management and Budget, even after a key Democrat announced he will vote against her nomination.
“I think we’re going to find the votes to get her confirmed,” Biden told reporters Friday after stepping off Air Force One.
Biden was adamant on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews that he wouldn’t pull Tanden’s nomination to become his OMB chief. Despite Democratic control of the Senate, Tanden’s confirmation was put in doubt Friday, when centrist West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said he would oppose her on the Senate floor.
Biden’s comments coincided with White House press secretary Jen Psaki telling reporters that Tanden, the former president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, is “an accomplished policy expert, who would be an excellent budget director.”
“We look forward to the committee votes next week and to continuing to