Biden said in a statement that he had accepted Tanden’s request and would find another place for her. “I have the utmost respect for her record of accomplishment, her experience and her counsel, and I look forward to having her serve in a role in my administration,” he said.
Tanden, who led the liberal Center for American Progress for nearly a decade, is Biden’s first cabinet-level nominee to fail to reach confirmation, as the Senate slowly considers remaining nominees.
Her selection in late November touched off an angry backlash on the right and the left over sarcastic Twitter posts that were critical of her political opponents, including supporters of Senator
That nomination had been in trouble for more than a week, after Senator
Had every Democrat backed her, she wouldn’t have needed any Republican votes to clear the evenly divided Senate, which Democrats control because Vice President
Other Holdout Senators?
Moving forward with Tanden’s doomed nomination could have eroded Biden’s political capital at a time he is urging Congress to pass his $1.9 trillion virus rescue package, a second large spending and infrastructure plan and an immigration overhaul.
Biden will likely face pressure to choose a woman or minority as his next nominee. Tanden, who is Indian American, would have been the first woman of color to serve as budget director.
Biden’s nominee for the deputy role at OMB,
As the top Democratic staff member on the House Appropriations Committee, Young has been at the center of talks to finance the government since March 2017. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have been advocating for her since last week.
Other Potential Candidates
Other potential candidates include
The collapse of Tanden’s nomination marked a setback for the transition of power, which was already delayed by
The release of Biden’s first presidential budget could face additional delays without a confirmed budget director in place. White House officials have said that a lack of cooperation from Trump administration officials during the transition hampered the process. Trump’s last budget director,
The head of OMB is responsible for drafting and releasing the president’s budget request -- an annual wish-list of the administration’s spending and policy priorities. The office also coordinates on policy and regulation with federal agencies.
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