Republican Sens. Mitt Romney and Susan Collins will oppose Neera Tanden’s nomination as budget chief — dealing a crushing blow to any hope Democrats had left of her confirmation.
In separate statements released Monday, both Collins (R-Me.) and Romney (R-Ut.) cited Tanden’s harsh rhetoric towards lawmakers, including Collins, on both sides of the aisle behind their reasoning for why she shouldn’t be confirmed to lead the Office of Management and Budget.
“Senator Romney has been critical of extreme rhetoric from prior nominees, and this is consistent with that position,” a spokeswoman for the Utah senator said, “He believes it’s hard to return to comity and respect with a nominee who has issued a thousand mean tweets.”
Collins argued that Tanden “has neither the experience nor the temperament to lead this critical agency.
“Her past actions have demonstrated exactly the kind of animosity that President Biden has pledged to transcend.”
The two moderate Republicans were viewed as the most likely to consider supporting Tanden’s nomination, which will now require GOP support after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced Friday he would oppose her.
Manchin, one of the most influential senators as a moderate in a tightly divided body, also cited Tanden’s heated language as reason for his opposition.
“I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden’s public statements and tweets that were personally directed towards my colleagues on both sides of the aisle from Senator Sanders to Senator McConnell and others,” the West Virginia pol said.
“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. For this reason, I cannot support her nominat… (Read more)