White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the White House likely won’t announce a new budget director nominee in the immediate future after the previous candidate withdrew her nomination.
“Given Neera Tanden withdrew her nomination just last night, I would not expect, or you should not expect, any announcement on a future nominee this week,” Psaki said during her White House press briefing Wednesday. (RELATED: Tanden Says She ‘Deeply’ Regrets Twitter Insults Toward GOP In Senate Hearing)
President Joe Biden accepted “Tanden’s request to withdraw her name from nomination for Director of the Office of Management and Budget” (OMB), according to a White House statement Tuesday. Biden praised Tanden for her career history and said he anticipates having her serve his administration in a different role.
The White House press secretary said Tanden, who leads a D.C. think tank, saw her path to confirmation didn’t seem possible.
Most Senate Republican immediately opposed Tanden’s nomination, including Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah. The White House granted Taden’s request before Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski decided whether she would support or oppose Tanden’s nomination.
Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said he opposed confirming Tanden, saying “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,” according to a Feb. 19 statement.
Multiple Senate Republicans questioned Tanden over past comments and donations to Democratic politicians. Tanden previously compared Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to “Voldemort,” said Collins was “the worst” and criticized other politicians, including Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, on Twitter.
Psaki said Biden has a full schedule and is concentrating on the American Rescue Plan. The White House press secretary said around six nominees to lead agencies and Biden’s OMB deputy director nominee Shalanda Young’s nomination are pending confirmation.
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