(HorizonPost.com) – President Joe Biden is doing one thing that every president must accomplish in the early days of an administration: assembling a cabinet and making appointments to other high government offices. However, nominee Neera Tanden faces pushback during her Senate confirmation hearings to become the head of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) because of her past actions.
Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) indicated Monday that they plan to vote against OMB nominee Neera Tanden, citing her intemperate and now-deleted social media posts attacking GOP lawmakers. https://t.co/BdwFjmhgMh
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Joe Manchin (D-WV) is not expected to vote for her confirmation, which means she needs at least one Republican vote in her favor, but that’s not looking likely.
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) read some of her now-deleted Twitter posts, which included statements that likened Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to Voldemort (the evil antagonist in the Harry Potter novels). As the president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, she also violated the rights of a sexual harassment victim within the organization by repeatedly naming them during a staff meeting.
An April 15, 2019 article in the New York Times related an incident from 2008 while she was a top aide to the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. An interviewer went off script and asked the candidate about her support of the Iraq war. Ms. Tanden angrily confronted the man, and according to a witness, punched him in the chest. With her checkered past, one must wonder why President Biden is so staunchly in her corner.
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