Manchin's opposition threatens to sink Biden budget nominee

Manchin's opposition threatens to sink Biden budget nominee

If Tanden is not confirmed, it would be a setback in a presidential transition that was already delayed by Trump's refusal - backed by many of his fellow Republicans - to recognize Biden's victory in the November election even after repeated court decisions showed there had been no widespread fraud.

Manchin cited statements from Tanden that were personally directed at Sens. It's now highly unlikely that Tanden will be confirmed. "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", Manchin said in a statement.

The confirmation team has also been speaking with outside interest groups, including Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations, the business community, women business leaders, and labor unions, to drum up support for her nomination, the source said.

"As I have said before", Manchin stated, "we must take meaningful steps to end the political division and dysfunction that pervades our politics".

Tanden has faced criticism from lawmakers over her past use of social media to attack Republican lawmakers as well as Sen.

CNN's Jeff Zeleny described this as the "most robust foreign policy speech" of the Biden administration so far, one that made "clear he represents a hard break from the Trump administration's worldview".

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Tanden had previously apologized for her past remarks during her confirmation hearings before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and promised to work in a "bipartisan and nonpartisan manner".

The 100-member Senate is evenly split between the Republicans and the Democrats. "I would say social media does lead to too many personal comments and my approach will be radically different".

Republicans control 50 of the votes in the Senate so one vote from a Democrat will nearly certainly doom Tanden's nomination, unless Democrats are able to pick up at least one vote from a Republican.

It was the first major party defection of the young Biden administration, although it notably came from a centrist lawmaker who voted with his party on convicting Trump of inciting the Capitol riot and plans to vote for Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. He was the lone Democrat to vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

It's unclear if the Biden administration will pull her nomination entirely or try to secure a "yes" vote from a Republican senator.

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