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    The Republican senator who may determine whether or not Neera Tanden will be confirmed to be President Biden's budget director met with the embattled nominee on Monday. "I can tell you that I met with her today, and we had a sit-down meeting which was good," Murkowski said.  She told reporters that Tanden told her she was at the Capitol and asked if she could visit. Murkowski said she responded, "'Sure, come on up.'" Murkowski said she hasn't decided whether to support Tanden's nomination and still has more "follow-up questions" for her. Last week, a Washington Post reporter reminded Murkowski that Tanden tweeted in 2017 about the Alaska Republican "No offense but this sounds like you're high on your own supply. You know, we know, and everyone knows this is all garbage. Just stop." Murkowski responded, "High on my own supply? That's interesting. Should I ask her, 'My...
    Neera Tanden, President Biden's embattled nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, met with Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Monday in an eleventh-hour attempt to save her nomination. And Murkowski, one of the most centrist Republican senators who could save Tanden's nomination from doom, did not rule out joining Democrats in voting to confirm Tanden. "I'm still doing my assessment," Murkowski told the congressional reporting pool on Monday. "I have some more follow-up questions." Concerns about Tanden's corporate ties, plethora of harsh tweets about Republicans and some Democrats, and other objectionable items in her background have made her confirmation battle the most contentious among Biden's slate of nominees. HOW THE WHITE HOUSE LOST THE MESSAGING WAR ON NEERA TANDEN'S NOMINATION "We had a sit-down meeting, which was good. I haven’t had a sit-down meeting in quite a while, but she was in...
    Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski will reportedly meet Monday with Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Murkowski seems to be the deciding factor for whether Tanden is ultimately confirmed by the Senate. Tanden needs one Republican to vote in favor of her confirmation, with the Senate split at 50-50, as Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he would oppose Tanden’s confirmation. Murkowski is the one Republican senator who has not yet decided how she will vote on Tanden’s confirmation. CNN first reported the two would be meeting. Nearly all Senate Republicans immediately came out in opposition to Tanden’s nomination when it was announced. Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney confirmed Tuesday that he will vote against Tanden’s confirmation, just one day after Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins announced that she will oppose Tanden’s confirmation. Neera Tanden, President Joe Bidens nominee for Director of the...
    (CNN)Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska will meet on Monday with Neera Tanden, the Biden administration's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN.Tanden's confirmation is on the rocks after at least one Democratic and several moderate Republican senators announced their opposition to her appointment due to her past mean tweets.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    Bernie Sanders announced Wednesday he is postponing a vote on confirming Neera Tanden to head Joe Biden's budget office after the White House refused to back down on her nomination following revelations of tweets attacking lawmakers. The Senate Budget Committee, which Sanders chairs, was meant to meet to further Tanden's confirmation Wednesday. The committee will now hold that vote at a later, unspecified date. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee also postponed their vote to further Tanden’s nomination.  Tanden has faced backlash for transparency and unity issues after deleting more than 1,000 tweets before her nomination, which were found to personally attack politicians on both sides of the aisle – including Sanders. Her confirmation was effectively sunk after Democratic centrist Senator Joe Manchin said last week he would vote against her over her ‘toxic’ tweets.  Senator Bernie Sanders, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, announced Wednesday he is postponing...
    The complaints against the senators who will reject President Biden’s Office of Management and Budget director nominee Neera Tanden are an example of the left using "identity politics," Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce said on Tuesday. "Some of the complaints that we've been hearing is that it's because of her race and her gender is why her nomination is in trouble. That is the most racist and sexist thing you can say because you're arguing here that they shouldn't be asking hard questions, they shouldn't be pointing their finger ... They're just being mean," Bruce told "Fox & Friends."  The host of "Get Tammy Bruce" on Fox Nation highlighted that "many people of color and women" who "have gone through the Senate confirmation process have been fine."  "People should realize this isn't just that kind of a section of politics. This is about identity politics," Bruce said. NEERA TANDEN, XAVIER BECERRA UNDER...
    (CNN)Shalanda Young, who last month was nominated as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, has emerged as a leading contender for the top position at the office, an official familiar with the matter told CNN, as Neera Tanden's confirmation grows even more unlikely.Young, who was the first Black woman to serve as the staff director of the House Appropriations Committee, has strong relationships on Capitol Hill -- "with Republicans and Democrats alike," the official said. She played a key role in recent budget negotiations, working with GOP Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama and other Republicans.Young also doesn't have a Twitter account or a paper trail of incendiary comments, two officials say, which are at the root of Tanden's troubles.While the White House is officially still standing by Tanden as its choice for OMB director, the prospects for confirmation diminished throughout the day Monday.White House chief of staff...
    (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday he is working with President Joe Biden to gather the support needed to confirm Neera Tanden as director of the Office of Management and Budget. "I am working with President Biden to find the extra votes so she can be passed," he told reporters during a news conference in New York, mentioning Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who said last week he would not vote for Tanden. "I think she would be a very good OMB leader," Schumer added.Tanden's confirmation to lead the office is in jeopardy after Manchin, a moderate Democrat from West Virginia, said Friday that he would vote against her, making her confirmation unlikely since Republicans resist her nomination.Biden has said he does not intend to pull Tanden's nomination and that he believes they will find the votes to get her confirmed. She has met with 35 senators on both sides...
    President Biden is confident the Senate will confirm Neera Tanden, his pick to head the White House Office of Management and Budget, even after a key Democrat announced he will vote against her nomination. “I think we're going to find the votes to get her confirmed," Biden told reporters Friday after stepping off Air Force One. Biden was adamant on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews that he wouldn't pull Tanden's nomination to become his OMB chief. Despite Democratic control of the Senate, Tanden's confirmation was put in doubt Friday when moderate West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said he would oppose her on the Senate floor. Biden's comments coincided with White House press secretary Jen Psaki telling reporters that Tanden, the former president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, is "an accomplished policy expert, who would be an excellent budget director." "We look forward to the...
    The United States Chamber of Commerce is backing President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Neera Tanden, who has deep financial ties to billionaire George Soros, Wall Street firms, and Silicon Valley’s biggest tech corporations. In a letter to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Chamber’s senior vice president of public affairs, Jack Howard, wrote that the business group supports Tanden’s nomination and called her a “well-qualified” candidate for the job with “an established track record of engagement with the business community.” “Ms. Tanden has had a distinguished career,” the Chamber’s letter to Senators states: She has served as President and CEO of the Center for American Progress think tank for the past ten years. She also served in various roles in the Clinton and Obama Administrations and in the United States Senate. Her broad perspective and experience will...
    Neera Tanden, President Biden's pick for director of the Office of Management and Budget, was immediately confronted by concerns over her nomination from both parties when she appeared before the Senate Budget Committee on Wednesday. Leaders from both sides of the political spectrum called out Tanden for personal attacks and statements she has made on social media. Additionally, committee chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said he was worried about the millions of dollars the Center for American Progress that Tanden used to run has received from large corporations and special interest groups. "So before I vote on your nomination it is important for me and members of this committee to know that those donations that you have secured at CAP will not influence your decision-making at the OMB," Sanders said in his opening remarks. SANDERS DODGES QUESTIONS ON WHETHER HE'LL CONFIRM RIVAL NEERA TANDEN FOR OMB Ranking member Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.,...
    Neera Tanden, President Biden's nominee for budget chief, is set to face an old foe at her second confirmation hearing Wednesday: Bernie Sanders. Tanden, widely considered to be Biden's most vulnerable nominee, addressed the first major hurdle to her confirmation Tuesday by apologizing for her past social media remarks during her first hearing. But on Wednesday, she'll go head to head with the Vermont senator with whom she publicly clashed during his unsuccessful 2016 and 2020 White House campaigns. Sanders chairs the Senate Budget Committee, which has jurisdiction over confirming the White House's Office of Management and Budget director with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Sanders and his allies have long been openly hostile toward Tanden. They believe Tanden, an alumna of former President Bill Clinton's administration and a fierce supporter of Hillary Clinton, used the Center of American Progress, of which she was president and CEO,...
    President Biden is slowly assembling his Cabinet, but what's likely to be his most fiery Senate confirmation showdown (featuring his old friend and rival Bernie Sanders) hasn't even been scheduled yet. The Senate last week swiftly approved Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. There were concerns that the House and Senate wouldn't waive the seven-year waiting period typically required of Pentagon chiefs with military experience before they can fill the civilian post. But with Austin now at work across the Potomac River, attention is now turning to Biden's pick to head the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden. Biden's announcement that he had tapped Tanden, 50, as the director-designate of the office tasked with drafting his budget and overseeing his administration's budget plans and policy implementation was met with derision from his left and right. Republicans latched onto Tanden's pugnacious Twitter presence. Tanden, from her perch as president and CEO of...
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    (CNN)First, there was surprise. Then flashes of anger. But most progressive allies of Sen. Bernie Sanders have quietly resigned themselves -- or even offered some modest public support -- to Neera Tanden following President-elect Joe Biden's decision to tap their longtime nemesis for a Cabinet-level job.For years, Tanden, Biden's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, has feuded -- most frequently and famously on Twitter, where she is prolific and pointed -- with Sanders supporters. Those clashes have occasionally pitted her against personal allies of the Vermont senator and tapped into the left's frustrations with the internal practices of the liberal think tank she's led for nearly a decade. By the time she was introduced by Biden on Tuesday, alongside other senior members of his economic team, Tanden's path to Senate confirmation already seemed in some peril -- but not because of dissent from the left. The pugilistic...
    Neera TandenMichael Brochstein | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images President-elect Joe Biden's choice to lead the Office of Management and Budget has been a political insider for well over a decade, and the alliances she has developed as an influential leader within the Democratic Party could come under scrutiny during her confirmation process — from both sides of the aisle. Tanden, the 50-year-old daughter of immigrants from India, would be the first woman of color to lead the OMB if she is confirmed. Since 2011, Neera Tanden has been CEO of the Center for American Progress, a Washington-based liberal think tank, and its political arm, the Center for American Progress Action Fund. The nonprofit was originally founded by John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign chairman. The examination of Tanden's record has already focused on her Twitter posts critical of President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers as well as...
    President-elect Biden's pick for director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is raising eyebrows over an alleged altercation she had with a progressive journalist over her former boss Hillary Clinton's support for the Iraq War.  On Monday, the Biden transition announced that Neera Tanden, president of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, would be the president-elect's nominee to head the OMB. However, a 2019 report from The New York Times outlined an incident back in 2008 when she served as a top adviser for then-Sen. Clinton during her first presidential run.  BIDEN CABINET PICK HYPED DOSSIER, PROMOTED CONSPIRACY ABOUT RUSSIAN HACKERS CHANGING VOTES Tanden, according to the Times, accompanied Clinton for what was supposed to be an "easy interview" with ThinkProgress, the liberal website ran by the Center for American Progress.   Faiz Shakir, ThinkProgress's chief editor who most recently was the campaign manager for Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential bid,...
    Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Five things to know about Georgia's Senate runoffs MORE’s choice of Neera Tanden to head the White House budget office is setting the stage for the biggest confirmation battle of the president-elect's first weeks in office. Senate Republicans are vowing to oppose Tanden, a close ally of former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Groups seek to get Black vote out for Democrats in Georgia runoffs Biden's political position is tougher than Trump's MORE who has often slammed GOP lawmakers on Twitter and referred to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFive things to know about Georgia's Senate runoffs Obama chief economist says Democrats should accept smaller coronavirus relief...
    Neera Tanden, who President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday as his choice to lead the Office of Budget and Management, advocated forcing the Libyan government to give oil proceeds to the U.S. government in order to “partially pay us back” for military intervention there in 2011. Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank, came under intense scrutiny in 2015 over the email, which she sent to colleagues on Oct. 21, 2011, a day after Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi was killed. According to the email, published by The Intercept, Tanden and other CAP officials were discussing a segment on CNN about whether Libya should compensate the U.S. for helping oust Gaddafi. (RELATED: Neera Tanden Suggested How To Get NYT To Cover Hillary More Favorably) “We have a giant deficit. They have a lot of oil,” Tanden wrote to her colleagues on Oct. 21, 2011. Gaddafi...
    Molly Jong-Fast and Congresswoman-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene, an avowed QAnon supporter, fell out on Twitter over different interpretations of government interference in a woman’s health. On the latest episode of The New Abnormal, Molly explains to Rick Wilson why she got into a brouhaha with the Congresswoman from the First District of QAnon. “I did make fun of her because she used the phrase ‘My body, my choice,’ when referring to not wanting to wear a mask, which is of course an expression that is used by the pro-choice community,” Molly said. “So, I may have suggested that she might also be pro-choice, which got her just enraged because while she won’t wear a mask, she does not want anyone to have control over their own uterus.” Rick said Greene will continue to court the vote of conspiracy theorists who believed President Trump went to Washington to fight a cabal...
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