Biden withdraws his appointment as budget director amid opposition | Political news
U.S. Republican and Democratic lawmakers had opposed Neera Tanden’s appointment over her past tweets.
US President Joe Biden withdrew his nomination for the next director of the Office of Management and Budget, after US lawmakers raised concerns about some of Neera Tanden’s past tweets.
In a statement Tuesday night, Biden said he accepted Tanden’s request to remove his name from the challenge.
“I have the utmost respect for her track record, experience and advice, and I look forward to seeing her take on a role in my administration. It will bring valuable perspective and insight to our work, ”he said.
The statement did not specify what other role Tanden would play in the Biden administration.
Republican senators and some Democrats had raised opposition to Tanden’s appointment over tweets she sent during former President Donald Trump’s tenure.
Tanden previously served as chairman of the Center for American Progress, a Democratic-leaning think tank, and a former Senate senior aide to 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
She had frequently criticized Independent Senator Bernie Sanders and his supporters online.
NPR also reported that it also referred to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as Harry Potter villain “Voldemort,” among other tweets aimed at U.S. lawmakers.
“His openly partisan statements will have a toxic and damaging impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress and the incoming director of the Office of Management and Budget,” Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said in a statement last month .
On Tuesday, the White House also shared the letter Tanden sent to Biden removing his name from the challenge.
“I appreciate how hard you and your team at the White House worked to earn my confirmation,” she wrote.
“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.
This is the first confirming defeat for the White House Biden, who has so far won Senate approval for all of his cabinet selections.