The White House had insisted that it would stand by Neera Tanden as President Biden’s top budget official, but it became clear that she did not have the Senate votes to be confirmed.
Democrats work the refs.
The struggle to gain support for the longtime Democratic aide whose combative Twitter posts have drawn criticism reflects miscalculations by the White House and its chief of staff, Ron Klain.
Republicans have criticized her tweets, but Democrats say former President Donald J. Trump’s were much worse as they assail what they call a double standard.
Two Republican senators said they would not vote to confirm President Biden’s nominee to head the budget office, further dimming her chances to secure enough support in an evenly divided chamber.
Senator Joe Manchin III said he would oppose President Biden’s nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, a move that could scuttle her chances for her confirmation.
In public and private, Biden and his advisers have signaled some dramatic interventions to revive U.S. manufacturing. Will they really happen?
The swift and bitter pushback to President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to lead his budget office left some wondering if the incoming administration recognizes the depth of polarization it is confronting on Capitol Hill.
In the White House and elsewhere, the president-elect’s selections are heavy on labor economists and champions of organized labor.
President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is expected to nominate Neera Tanden, a divisive figure within the Democratic Party, to lead the budget office, setting up a potential confirmation fight.