With President Biden on the precipice of having to pull his first Cabinet-level nominee as White House budget chief pick Neera Tanden loses support from both Democrats and Republicans, two names have emerged as a potential replacement.
Gene Sperling and Ann O’Leary are being floated as backups should Biden need to withdraw Tanden from consideration. Senators of both parties are balking at Tanden’s now-deleted tweets that she used to criticize former President Donald Trump, Republican lawmakers, and even some Democrats.
Congressional Republicans, though, are wary of prematurely weighing in on Sperling or O’Leary given the volatility of Tanden’s situation.
“We have not heard from 51 senators yet,” but the likelihood that Tanden won’t be confirmed is “looking more likely,” one congressional aide told the Washington Examiner.
Off of Capitol Hill, Republican-aligned groups, such as political action committee America Rising, are more loose-lipped, arguing tapping Tanden was another example of