President Joe Biden vowed Friday evening to push forward with his nomination of Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget, even after Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sunk the chances of her nomination succeeding on a strictly party-line vote.
Biden, speaking to reporters outside of Air Force One on Friday, said he would not pull Tanden’s nomination to head the OMB, according to Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Epstein. “I think we’re going to find the votes to get her confirmed,” added Biden.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki echoed the president’s comments, calling Tanden an “accomplished policy expert who would be an excellent budget director.”
“We look forward to the committee votes next week and to continuing to work toward her confirmation through engagement with both parties,” said Psaki in a statement.
The White House’s decision comes after Manchin ruled out voting to confirm Tanden for her history of making “overly partisan statements,” including making remarks about