President Joe Biden’s nomination for director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Neera Tanden, has withdrawn her nomination. She had hoped to gain the nomination by removing sharp social media posts that had targeted top Republicans and others, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
Sanders questioned Tanden about her “vicious attacks” against both Republicans and progressives on Twitter, including “Me, personally.”
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) had criticized Tanden for deleting tweets in the days before her nomination was announced and said that it “raises concerns about her commitment to transparency.” She said 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.”
“The OMB needs steady, experienced, responsive leadership,” Collins said in a statement. “I will vote against confirming Ms. Tanden.”
“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,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said in a statement. “I will not be supporting the confirmation of Ms. Tanden.”
Past comments Tanden made on her Twitter feed, however, have led to her withdrawing her nomination.
Dear President Biden,
I am writing to you to withdraw my nomination for Director of the Office of Management and Budget. It has been an honor of a lifetime to be considered for this role and for the faith placed in me. I appreciate how hard you and your team at the White House has worked to win my confirmation. Unfortunately, it now seems clear that there is no path forward to gain confirmation, and I do not want continued consideration of my nomination to be a distraction from your other priorities. I am incredibly grateful for your leadership on behalf of the American people and for your agenda that will make such a transformative difference in people’s lives.
The White House confirmed the withdrawal.
BREAKING: White House confirms @neeratanden requested her name be withdrawn from consideration as OMB Dirctor.
— Sarah Ewall-Wice (@EwallWice) March 2, 2021
Tanden, a former adviser to Hillary Clinton and president of the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress, met with 35 senators on both sides of the aisle, according to a source involved with the confirmation process, reported Breitbart.