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President Joe Biden has not had as simple of a time as he would have liked since being sworn in this January as the 46th President of the United States.
He does not appear to have a handle on the coronavirus pandemic as he claimed he would, his relief package has not passed, he cost jobs by ending the Keystone Pipeline and now he is having issues getting one of his nominees confirmed.
And after moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin declared that he would not vote for the confirmation of Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget he has insisted that he will not pull her nomination and that he will “find the votes,” Fox News reported.
“I think we are going to find the votes to get her confirmed,” he said.
Tanden has faced scrutiny for tweets made against political opponents on both sides of the aisle. These included her calling Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, “the worst” and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., a “fraud,” saying that “vampires have more heart than Ted Cruz,” and referring to then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as “Moscow Mitch” and “Voldemort,” referring to the Harry Potter villain.
In her Senate confirmation hearing, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said that even after Tanden deleted many of the tweets, there were still nine pages of posts about Cruz that were still up.
“I wonder, specifically, how do you plan to mend fences and build relationships with members of Congress you have attacked through your public statements?” Sen. Portman said.
And it was those tweets that led Sen. Manchin to decide to not vote for her confirmation.
“I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden’s public statements and tweets that were personally directed towards my colleagues on both sides of the aisle from Senator Sanders to Senator McConnell and others. 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,” West Virginia Sen. Manchin said. “For this reason, I cannot support her nomination.”
Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy earlier this month quipped that Tanden’s tweets called Sen. Bernie Sanders “everything but an ignorant slut.
“I’m very disturbed about your personal comments about people. It’s not just one or two, I think you deleted a thousand tweets. And it wasn’t just about Republicans,” he said. “I mean, you called Sen. Sanders everything but an ignorant slut.”
“I feel terribly” Tanden said about the attack tweets “I must have meant them, but I really regret them.”
“I want the record to reflect that I did not call Sen. Sanders an ignorant slut,” Kennedy said.
When Sen. Sanders began the hearings, he noted that Tanden had been vicious to both Republicans and Democrats.
“Your attacks were not just made against Republicans. There were vicious attacks made against progressives, people who I have worked with,” he said.
“We need serious work on serious issues and not personal attacks on anybody, whether they’re on the left or the right,” the senator said.
Sanders, who she attacked, is, ironically, the chairman of the Budget Committee and has not said if he would vote for Tanden. “I will be talking to Ms. Tanden early next week,” he said.
On Friday, the White House issued a statement expressing its support for Tanden.
“Neera Tanden is an accomplished policy expert who would be an excellent Budget Director and we look forward to the committee votes next week and to continuing to work toward her confirmation through engagement with both parties,” it said.