Senate committee postpones hearing for imperiled budget nominee Neera Tanden
The Senate Homeland Security Committee postpones a confirmatory hearing on Wednesday for Neera Tanden, Axios has learned that President Biden's nominee is expected to die as head of the Management and Budget Bureau.
Why is it important: after many senators expressed their disapproval, Tanden's appointment was already in danger.
While the White House has been with her, the last minute pause is another sign of the tenacity of her ratification.
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"We are postponing the business meeting because members request more time to consider the nominee," an assistant to the commission said in an anonymous terms. "The chairman deserves a team that he wishes to set up and we will work with our members to identify the best way forward."
The conference was set for 10 a.m. ET.
On Monday, Axios announced that House Democrats were already preparing to name a substitute.
Tanden had concerns from both sides about her credentials, but with previous combative tweets, the broadest critique had been received.
It has not only a long history of criticizing certain Republican and Democrat senators called in to vote on its appointment, but also threatens Biden's campaign commitment to achieve consensus and operate bipartisanly.
Last week a fellow Democrat — Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia — confirmed he would not be voting to confirm her, and this week three Republicans, Susan Collins of Maine, Rob Portman of Ohio and Mitt Romney of Utah, who were thought to be future alternate members of the 50- 50 Senate said they would all vote no.
"Her past actions have demonstrated exactly the kind of animosity that President Biden has pledged to transcend," said Collins in a statement.
Despite opposition and postponement of the conference, the White House stood firm.
"Neera Tanden is a leading policy expert who brings critical qualifications to the table during the this time of unprecedented crisis," Jen Psaki, Secretary of the White House News, told Axios in a tweet.
Tanden, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's ally, actually runs the American Progress Centre.
Be intelligent: Tanden attempted to make changes by taking away her tweets, apologizing for every wrongdoing and agreeing to be a bipartite chief of the OMB.
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