Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate who occasionally votes with Senate Democrats, said Monday that she will vote against the confirmation of President Biden’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget – Neera Tanden.
Collins becomes the second senator in four days to declare she will not support the nomination.
West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate is a conservative-leaning state, and considered a swing vote in the now 50-50 Senate, said Friday that he would not support the Tanden nomination, raising concerns about her past comments about senate colleagues.
Collins said in a statement being released Monday: “The director of OMB is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the federal budget and plays a significant role in any administration’s fiscal and regulatory agenda. Congress has to be able to trust the OMB director to make countless decisions in an impartial manner, carrying out the letter of the law and congressional intent.”
Tanden is president of the liberal public policy research and advocacy group Center for American Progress, founded by former President Clinton chief of staff John Podesta.
Her statement also echoed Manchin’s concerns: “Neera 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.”
Collins also pointed out that Taden’ decision to delete more than a thousand tweets in the days before her nomination was announced “raises concerns about her commitment to transparency.”
Said Manchin: “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 nomination.”
Manchin’s “no” vote means Senate Democrats need at least one Republican to vote in favor of Tanden to get her nomination through the chamber.
During initial confirmation hearings, Tanden was grilled by a Senate panel about the often vitriolic online public statements she has made about mostly Republicans, but several high-profile members of the Democratic caucus as well.
Taden has apologized.
Biden remains outwardly confident that Democrats will be able to pusher through her nomination.
“I think we are going to find the votes and get her confirmed,” Biden told a group of reporters at Joint Base Andrews last week.