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Joe Manchin, a key Democratic senator, says he’ll oppose Biden’s nominee for budget chief, putting nomination in jeopardy

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WASHINGTON – Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., a key moderate Democrat, announced Friday he would oppose President Joe Biden’s nominee to run the Office of Management and Budget, throwing her nomination into jeopardy. 

Manchin said in a statement after reviewing Neera Tanden’s public statements and tweets that were “personally directed” toward his Senate colleagues, he would oppose her nomination to run the powerful office. 

“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,” he said.

Although a final Senate vote on Tanden’s nomination has yet been scheduled, Manchin’s opposition could scuttle her confirmation because of the Senate’s 50-50 split between Republicans and Democrats. She would need to pick up at least one vote from a Republican and for Vice President Kamala Harris to break a potential tie to secure the simple majority needed for confirmation. 

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Tanden, the former head of the liberal Center for American Progress, had taken heat during the confirmation process for past statements on social media that sometimes strayed into personal attacks on lawmakers. 

During her confirmation hearings before the Senate Budget Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Tanden apologized for her past remarks. 

“My language and my expressions on social media caused hurt to people, and I feel badly about that. And I really regret it and I recognize that it’s really important for me to demonstrate that I can work with others,” she told the Budget Committee earlier this month. “I would say social media does lead to too many personal comments and my approach will be radically different.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Manchin’s statement.

More:Neera Tanden apologizes for GOP Twitter attacks, pledges to be bipartisan as White House budget chief

Contributing: Courtney Subramanian and Joey Garrison


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