Biden Says He Won’t Pull Tanden Nomination As Key Dem Refuses Support Over ‘Partisan’ Concerns

President Joe Biden vowed Friday evening to push forward with his nomination of Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget, even after Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sunk the chances of her nomination succeeding on a strictly party-line vote.

Biden, speaking to reporters outside of Air Force One on Friday, said he would not pull Tanden’s nomination to head the OMB, according to Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Epstein. “I think we’re going to find the votes to get her confirmed,” added BidenWhite House Press Secretary Jen Psaki echoed the president’s comments, calling Tanden an “accomplished policy expert who would be an excellent budget director.”

“We look forward to the committee votes next week and to continuing to work toward her confirmation through engagement with both parties,” said Psaki in a statement.

The White House’s decision comes after Manchin ruled out voting to confirm Tanden for her history of making “overly partisan statements,” including making remarks about Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).“I believe her overly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress and the next director of the Office of Management and Budget,” said Manchin in statement Friday afternoon, also adding: “At a time of grave crisis, it is more important than ever that we chart a new bipartisan course that helps address the many serious challenges our nation is facing.”

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