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President Joe Biden’s sole administration pick to fail in making it through Senate confirmation has landed a gig in the White House, after all.
CNN reported the Neera Tanden — whose nomination for Office of Management and Budget chief was withdrawn when it became apparent that not enough senators would approve her — is now a senior adviser to Biden.
What are the details?
CNN reported that according to a White House official, “Tanden will begin planning for potential policy changes that could result from the forthcoming US Supreme Court decision on Republican legal efforts to strike down the Affordable Care Act,” in her new role.
The outlet noted that Tanden previously worked in the Obama administration. She most recently served as head of left-wing think tank Center for American Progress, and is reportedly “a close ally” of White House chief of staff Ron Klain.
Tanden’s OMB nomination was derailed after hearings focused on several of her past tweets, wherein she attacked several of the senators who would weigh in on her fitness for the role.
Tanden hit out at several Republicans in now-deleted tweets, which resurfaced once her nomination was announced.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) reminded her during a hearing:
“You wrote that [Sen.] Susan Collins (R-Maine) is ‘the worst,’ that [Sen.] Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is a ‘fraud,’ that ‘vampires have more heart’ than [Sen.] Ted Cruz (R-Texas). You called [Senate Minority] Leader [Mitch] McConnell (R-Ky.) ‘Moscow Mitch,’ and ‘Voldemort,’ and on and on.”
But the former OMB pick did not just attack Republicans. She also targeted democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the Democratic presidential primary, prompting him to complain to the Center for American Progress at the time.
Tanden apologized to the Senate for “any hurt” that her “rhetoric” and “language” caused, and admitted that she spent months ahead of her nomination deleting social media posts.
The death knell to Tanden’s nomination was when moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) announced that he would not approve her for the role in a Senate that is split 50-50.
Manchin said of Tanden in February, “”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,” he explained. “For this reason, I cannot support her nomination.”
Tanden’s nomination was withdrawn in early March. OMB deputy director Shalanda Young is currently acting as interim chief until a permanent director is confirmed, The Washington Examiner reported.