Biden’s budget candidate steps down amid bipartisan opposition | Government and Politics

Biden's budget candidate steps down amid bipartisan opposition |  Government and Politics

President Joe Biden’s choice to head Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, withdrew his nomination after facing opposition from leading Democratic and Republican senators over his controversial tweets.

His withdrawal marks the first high-profile defeat for one of Biden’s nominees. Eleven of the 23 cabinet candidates requiring Senate approval have been confirmed, most with strong bipartisan support.

“Unfortunately, it now seems clear that there is no way forward to getting confirmation, and I don’t want the ongoing review of my appointment to be a distraction from your other priorities,” Tanden wrote in a letter to Biden. The president, in a statement, said he had “the utmost respect for his track record, his experience and his advice” and pledged to find him another role in his administration.

Tanden’s viability was in doubt after West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and a number of moderate Republicans opposed her last month, citing all of her tweets attacking members of both parties prior to her appointment.

Manchin, a key moderate vote in the Senate, said last month in a statement announcing his opposition that “his openly partisan statements will have a toxic and damaging impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress and the next director of the Bureau of Congress. Management and budget. Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins, meanwhile, cited Biden’s own standard of conduct in opposing Tanden, saying in a …

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