Republican Sen. John Cornyn spokesman said Sunday night “there is zero chance” the Senate will confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s expected candidate for the Office of Administration and Budget.
“Neera Tanden, who has an infinite number of contemptuous remarks about Republican senators who will need votes, has zero chance of confirmation,” said Cornyn’s communications director, Drew Brandewie wrote on Twitter.
Tanden is president and CEO of the Liberal Brain Trust Center for American Progress. He was previously a senior adviser to Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius.
If nominated, as several media outlets had previously reported on Sunday, Tanden would need 51 Senate votes to secure the role.
Republicans currently have 50 seats for the next 48th session of the Democrats. The ruling of the party will be decided by two upcoming Georgian Senate election elections.
If Democrats win both seats in Georgia, the Senate would be 50-50 deadlocked and Vice President Kamala Harris could overturn the tie.