There is a political struggle over Biden WH’s chief budget candidate


Neera Tanden, President of the American Center for Progress, will speak at the NJIT in Newark on Monday, November 10, 2014, at the New Start New Jersey debut. White House, led by Campaign Communications Director Kate Bedingfield. Tanden will be the director of the Office of Administration and Budget, a person familiar with the transition process, who has been given anonymity to speak freely about internal deliberations. (AP photo / Mel Evans)

Neera Tanden, President of the American Center for Progress, will speak at the NJIT in Newark on Monday, November 10, 2014, at the New Start New Jersey debut. White House, led by Campaign Communications Director Kate Bedingfield. Tanden will be the director of the Office of Administration and Budget, a person familiar with the transition process, who has been given anonymity to speak freely about internal deliberations. (AP photo / Mel Evans)

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – Election of President-elect Joe Biden The leadership of the Office of Administration and Budget will soon emerge as a political battle that could disrupt efforts to fill the administration quickly.

Some Republicans are skeptical that Neera Tandent could be confirmed by the Senate after years of attacking GOP lawmakers on social media – and many have pondered the election.

Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton claimed that Tanden’s rhetoric was “filled with hatred and driven by the left awakening”.

Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn said Tanden’s “militant and offensive remarks” about Republican senators created a “certainly problematic path”. He called it “perhaps (Biden’s) worst candidate so far” and “radioactive”.

Potential Chair of the Committee on Budgets, Lindsey Graham, RS.C. he was less hostile and told reporters, “Let’s see what happens.” Moderate Susan Collins, a R-Maine, Tanden target, said, “I don’t know him or I know much about him, but I’ve heard he’s a very prolific Twitter user.”

Such an atmosphere is remarkable, given the GOP’s general reluctance to criticize President Donald Trump’s broad perspective on Twitter. But like all of Biden’s candidates, Tanden has little chance of making a mistake as he faces confirmation in a tightly divided Senate.

This can be particularly frightening for Tanden, a former adviser to Hillary Clinton and president of the Center-Center for American Progress, given the history of political struggles.

Biden’s transitional team issued a litany of praise to Tanden from figures including Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Georgian candidate for governor Stacey Abrams.

Other Democrats also rushed to defend Tanden’s nomination. Valerie Jarrett, a former Obama aide, said Tanden “grew up in prosperity and lived in public housing. He directly experienced the importance of our social programs. His extraordinary career has been devoted to improving the chances of working families. An excellent choice for leading OMB. “

“Neera Tanden is smart, experienced and capable of the post of OMB director,” added Sherrod Brown, an Ohio senator who is a member of the party’s progressive wing. “The American people have definitely voted for change – Mitch McConnell must not stop us from having a functioning government that works for the people we serve.”

Democrat leader Chuck Schumer on the Senate floor said it was impossible to take Republican criticism of Tanden seriously.

“Honestly, hypocrisy is amazing.” If Republicans are worried about criticism of Twitter, their complaints are more directed at President Trump, ”Schumer said.

At OMB, Tanden would be responsible for preparing Biden’s budget proposal and directing hundreds of budget analysts, economists and policy advisers with in-depth knowledge of the internal workings of the government.

If Democrats won the election elections for Georgia’s two GOP-held senate seats, Tanden’s work would become extremely important because the party would gain a thin majority in the chamber. This would allow them to pass special fiscal legislation that could reverse Trump’s tax cuts, boost the Affordable Supply Act and achieve other spending targets. OMB would play a central role in such legislation.

The best Democrats, including Biden, backed anti-deficit packages early in their careers, but the party has changed since then. Biden was the force behind the establishment of the Obama Deficit Commission, which was set up to win the votes of Democratic moderates to raise the government’s borrowing ceiling and was chaired by former Clinton White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles.

Tanden shares the generally accepted view of democracy lawmakers that Republicans are usually only concerned about the deficit when Democrats are in power, pointing to tax cuts adopted in the opening year of the Trump administration and former President George W. Bush’s 2001 tax cuts.

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Taylor reported from Washington.