Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced his opposition to Neera Tanden’s nomination to serve as director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget on Friday, likely signaling the Biden administration will not have the votes for confirmation.
Manchin, a moderate Democrat, said in a statement to reporters that the decision to oppose Tanden, a former president of Center for American Progress, over concerns that she would be too political in the role. The senator, in particular, referenced Tanden’s history of making inflammatory comments on social media against both high-profile Republicans and Democrats.
“I believe her overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress and the next director of the Office of Management and Budget,” Manchin said on Friday in announcing his opposition.
“As I’ve said before, we must take meaningful steps to end the political division … that