Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced his opposition to Neera Tanden's nomination to serve as director of the White House's Office of Management and Budget on Friday, likely signaling the Biden administration will not have the votes for confirmation.
Tanden, who has led the liberal think-tank Center for American Progress, likely can not afford to lose any of the 50 Democrats and independents in the Senate in the face of anticipated strong Republican opposition to her over her past caustic social-media postings.
Manchin's announcement means that unless a Republican senator comes forward to support Tanden's nomination, it's unlikely that she will be confirmed for the job.
'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 said. "For this reason, I can not support her nomination", said Manchin, who has a history of breaking with his party.
Biden told reporters as he returned to Washington from a trip to MI he was not pulling her nomination.
The Senate Budget Committee is set to vote on Tanden's nomination next week in advance of a full floor vote. Sen.
'I think we are going to find the votes and get her confirmed, ' he said.
Manchin cited Tanden's "public statements and tweets" in his statement.
Other critics couldn't help but contrast his objection to Tanden with his support with openly partisan Republicans, some of whom made comparable if not more incendiary remarks. She would need to pick up at least one vote from a Republican and for Vice President Kamala Harris to break a potential tie to secure the simple majority needed for confirmation.
Tanden, the former head of the liberal Center for American Progress, had taken heat during the confirmation process for past statements on social media that sometimes strayed into personal attacks on lawmakers.
In response to questions from senators about these comments, Tanden said said "I feel terribly about [the comments], I must have meant them, but I regret them". Bernie Sanders, who reminded her of their past at her hearing.
Tanden also wrote in a separate post that "vampires have more heart than Ted Cruz". There were vicious attacks made against progressives, people who I have worked with, me personally, ' he told her.
Last week, former President Donald Trump called McConnell a "dour, sullen", "unsmiling political hack" and accused McConnell of "destroying" the GOP'.