Joe Manchin To Vote No On Neera Tanden

Written by Carmine Sabia

This article contains commentary which reflects the author's opinion

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Things are not going the way President Joe Biden wants them to in the Senate, where Democrats hold a razor thin majority.

With a 50 / 50 tie between Democrats and Republicans, and Vice President Kamala Harris, who serves as President of the Senate, as the tie breaking vote, they cannot afford to lose even one Democrat vote.

And with President Biden’s nominee for the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, now being opposed by moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin, her confirmation appears unlikely, CNN reported.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced Friday he will vote against Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden’s nominee for the director of the Office of Management and Budget, making her confirmation unlikely given Republican resistance to her nomination.

Biden said, “No,” when asked if he planned to pull Tanden’s nomination because of Manchin’s announcement, adding, “I think we’re gonna find the votes to get her confirmed.”

In a brief statement, the moderate West Virginia Democrat said that Tanden’s comments on Twitter about Republican colleagues, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent, had led him to doubt she was the right fit.

“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,” the West Virginia senator said. “For this reason, I cannot support her nomination.”

Tanden is now going to have to depend on Republicans like Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Maine Sen. Susan Collins to vote for her. An ironic happening as she railed against Republican senators, and even Sen. Bernie Sanders, on Twitter.

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.