Biden ‘accepts’ Neera Tanden’s withdrawal after toxic OMB nominee fails to win support, promises her administration ‘role’ anyway

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US President Joe Biden praised Neera Tanden, the controversial nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget, and said she’ll serve him in some other capacity after failing to get enough support in the Senate.

“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 on Tuesday. He offered no explanation for her decision but added “I look forward to having her serve a role in my administration” without specifying what that could be.

Tanden’s bid to lead the OMB hit speed bumps last week after a number of lawmakers signaled they would vote against her confirmation, including Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who argued her “overly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact” on Congress. He was joined by Republican Senators Susan Collins (Maine) and Rob Portman (Ohio), putting her confirmation in jeopardy in a narrowly divided Senate. 

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, among the staunchest Tanden allies in the Biden administration, told the Washington Post last week that “we’re fighting our guts out” to push her confirmation through the Senate, but added she would be elevated to some position in government not requiring Senate confirmation should she fail to be voted in. He also declined to state what role she would fill.

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