WASHINGTON-On Monday, when Neera Tanden nominated the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Senator R-Maine’s Susan Collins declared his opposition, which was another blow.
In a statement, Collins said: “Neera Tanden has no experience or the temperament to lead this key institution. Her past actions are just proof of the hostility that President Biden has promised to surpass.”
Collins said that Tanden’s decision to “delete more than a thousand tweets a few days before the announcement of the nomination has raised her concern about her commitment to transparency.”
She said: “If Congress needs to review the documents or actions taken by the OMB, we must have full confidence in the upcoming appointment of the director.” “The OMB needs stable, experienced, and responsive leadership. I will vote against confirming Ms. Tandan.”
Collins announced the news after Senator Joe Manchin (Dev.Va.) said on Friday that he would oppose Tanden as a director of OMB. He said that he had reviewed Tanden’s previous tweets, criticized officials in the entire political arena, and said that he could not support her nomination because “public partisan comments would have a toxic effect on the relationship between Congress and OMB.” .
With Manchin’s opposition, Democrats will need at least one Republican vote to confirm her in the Senate. Collins’ rejection of the nomination did not bode well for Tanden, because the Maine senator was one of the more moderate members of the party, and they sometimes joined Democrats with important votes.
President Joe Biden said in response to Manchin’s announcement on Friday that he does not intend to withdraw Tanden’s nomination.
Former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake tweeted over the weekend hoping that Tandan would be confirmed, and said she was “smart, experienced, and qualified” to lead OMB.
He said: “We should always remember that there will be a Republican president who wants to be confirmed by the nominee in the future.”