WASHINGTON – The Democratic senator responded on Tuesday to allegations of progressive sexism after Neera Tandent opposed President Joe Biden’s budget director. This decision has made his nomination uncertain.
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin denied that sexism would play a role in his opposition, calling his decision “not personal at all.”
Nominations for Tanden, who would be the first non-white woman to head the Office of Administration and Budget, hung in the afternoon as Republican leaders sought to unify and block.
Manchin’s opposition means Tanden needs a Republican to cross the corridor to reinforce.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. At Tuesday’s lunch meeting, he said at his conference that he wanted them to hold together and confront Tanden, according to two Republican sources who know his remarks.
Just after lunch, on the question of whether he expects his conference to unite against Tanden, McConnell told NBC News, “I hope. We’ll see.”
The chamber has confirmed several of President Joe Biden’s candidates and has not yet rejected any.
Like Manchin, many GOP senators cite Tanden’s earlier tweets, which criticize spectrum politicians. Manchin said in a statement on Friday that Tanden’s “openly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental effect on the important working relationship between Congress and the influential White House budget office.”
Since then, key Republicans, including Maine Senator Susan Collins, Utah Senator Mitt Romney and Senator Rob Robman of Ohio, have spoken out against Tanden and raised similar concerns.
Some progressive lawmakers and activists saw double standards between some of President Tanden and President Donald Trump’s candidates, who were confirmed by the Senate – including Richard Grenell, a frequent Twitter sniper for the German ambassador, and Brett Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court after his occasional rampage. confession in response to allegations of sexual abuse.
Representative Grace Meng, DN.Y. questioned whether there was a potential gender- or race-based motive for opposition to candidates such as Tanden and Interior candidate Deb Haaland, who would be the first Indigenous American to lead the department.
Alaskan Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who may be the last Republican senator in the game, told reporters on Tuesday he still has time to decide on a full Senate vote as Tanden awaits two committee affirmative votes on Wednesday.
Murkowski said he spoke to the White House about Tanden, but it was not clear when and with whom specifically, nor how the conversation went.
The White House on Tuesday was in favor of nominating Tanden, saying the administration is still working to find the necessary votes.
At its weekly press conference, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. he criticized Republicans as hypocritical for basing their opposition to Tanden on average tweets.
“I’m not going to go into concretes and names, but we’re still looking [for votes]”Schumer said.” I think Neera Tanden would be an outstanding candidate for OMB. And for Republicans who are president, they look elsewhere with nasty tweeting for now, and say Neera Tanden shouldn’t get in because of her tweets, it’s a bit of a contradiction. “