White House accepts defeat, pulls nomination of Neera Tanden

by Peter Heck · Mar 2nd, 2021 9:21 pm

Last Updated Mar 4th, 2021 at 8:08 am

In what marks the first Cabinet-level appointment defeat for President Joe Biden, the White House has pulled the nomination of Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget.

The controversial pick was considered a long shot once swing state Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced he would not support her nomination due to a series of offensive and partisan tweets Tanden authored during her tenure at the Center for American Progress.

Without Manchin, Tanden had to rely on getting one of many Republicans she had insulted to support her bid. Seeing no path forward, Tanden withdrew her own nomination, thanking Biden in a letter for providing her the "honor of a lifetime" just to be considered.

"I appreciate how hard you and your team at the White House has worked to win my confirmation," the nominee wrote. "Unfortunately, it now seems clear that there is no path forward to gain confirmation, and I do not want continued consideration of my nomination to be a distraction from your other priorities."

Following the November election, Tanden had worked quickly to delete past tweets. CNN reported that she discarded over 1,000 in just a matter of days. It didn't prove to be enough.

Once the nomination appeared in doubt, however, the Biden team made clear that Tanden would serve the administration in some capacity, even if the OMB position proved out of reach. There has been no further word from the White House what form that guarantee will now take.


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