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Key senators oppose Biden budget pick, confirmation at risk

Neera Tanden

WASHINGTON (AP and WPTA21) — Moderate Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah say they'll vote against confirming President Joe Biden’s nominee for budget director.

The opposition of the two Republicans casts further doubt on Neera Tanden's chances of being confirmed to lead the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Friday became the first Democratic lawmaker to oppose Tanden, who'd be the first woman of color to lead the agency.

Also voicing his opposition: Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman, who once held the budget director post.

In a statement late Monday afternoon, Portman said he will be a "no" vote. It reads:

“When President Biden announced his intention to nominate Ms. Tanden as OMB Director, I expressed concern and urged him to reconsider. As a former OMB Director, I know that the OMB Director has to be able to work productively with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. I believe that the tone, the content, and the aggressive partisanship of some of Ms. Tanden’s public statements will make it more difficult for her to work effectively with both parties in this role. I’m also concerned about her decision to delete thousands of tweets in the month after the election and the lack of transparency in her decision to do so, as well as her lack of experience on key issues for OMB, such as the regulatory and budgeting processes. While the president has the right to choose his own Cabinet, and thus far I have supported all of this administration’s nominees, I will not be supporting the confirmation of Ms. Tanden.”

The White House calls Tanden "an accomplished policy expert" and says it's standing by her. Tanden during her confirmation hearings apologized for attacking Republicans and other lawmakers on her Twitter account.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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