President Joe Biden’s agenda is in serious trouble — she is not going to make it and Democrats are stunned. It is a major defeat for the new president.
Biden has nominated Neera Tanden to be the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director, but the possibility of her getting confirmed by the Senate is next to zero with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) now a “no” vote.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) — two powerful swing votes in the evenly divided Senate — have also announced that they will oppose Tanden. She also won’t receive a single Republican vote.
This means Biden would come up shy of the simple majority he needed, with 51 senators likely opposing Tandem to lead the OMB office. Even Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-I) had harsh questioning for her recently.
Sanders noted Tanden’s “vicious attacks” against members of both parties on social media including “me, personally.” She has repeatedly apologized, but it may not end up being enough. Most senators aren’t buying it.
There’s a difference between being a bomb-throwing keyboard warrior on social media and actually leading. Tandem also doesn’t even appear to have the qualifications for the job. Biden needs to nominate someone else.
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