Biden funds choose Tanden drops out of nomination

Washington, March 3

In the first major setback to US President Joe Biden, Indian-American policy expert Neera Tanden has withdrawn her nomination as his top White House budget official after she faced strong opposition from both Democratic and Republican senators for her past controversial posts on social media.

Tanden, 50, had been facing a tough time for the confirmation of her nomination as director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) over her past Twitter outbursts against several lawmakers, including those from her own Democratic Party.

Rubbed lawmakers the wrong way

  • Neera Tanden’s nomination was in jeopardy because of hundreds of her tweets against several Republican and Democratic senators.
  • She reportedly deleted more than 1,000 tweets before her confirmation process started and apologised to the senators during her confirmation hearings last month. But her apology did not satisfy them.
  • The front runner to replace Tanden is Shalanda Young, who has been actively pushed by members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Prez Accepts withdrawal request

I have accepted Neera Tanden’s request to withdraw her name from nomination for director of the Office of Management and Budget. —Joe Biden, US President

Tanden, president of the left-leaning think tank Centre for American Progress, would have led a key economic post that oversees the production of the President’s proposed budget for his agenda if she had been confirmed.

The OMB is in charge of the budget-drafting process in the White House as well as having a large role in the issuance of new regulations. Biden on Tuesday accepted her withdrawal and indicated that Tanden might be brought in the administration in some other capacity. Her withdrawal marks the first high-profile defeat of one of Biden’s nominees. Eleven of the 23 Cabinet nominees requiring Senate approval have been confirmed, most with strong bipartisan support. “I have accepted Neera Tanden’s request to withdraw her name from nomination for director of the Office of Management and Budget,” Biden said in a statement. But the President indicated that she will have a role to play in his administration. “I have the utmost respect for her record of accomplishment, her experience and her counsel,” Biden said.— PTI

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