Centrist Democrats flex muscles, create headaches for Biden

James Marshall
Февраля 26, 2021

Tanden's parents divorced when she was five and she was raised by a single mother who was on welfare for over two years thereafter.

"We're still fighting for Neera Tanden, so stay tuned, we're still working on it", Psaki said.

"We're going to push".

Tanden, an Indian-American who would be the first woman of color to lead the agency, apologized to senators at her confirmation hearing.

Driving the news: Tanden's candidacy suffered a further setback Monday when Republican Sens.

And they should also remember that when it comes to West Virginia, Democrats don't have a prayer for any senator better than Joe Manchin.

"I was searching for a word for extremist, which I think is more neutral", Kennedy told Politico.

Since then, the list of moderate Republicans opposing Tanden for the role has continued to grow.

Almost three dozen Democratic lawmakers have signed on to a letter that asks President Joe Biden to give up his sole authority to launch a nuclear strike. Kyrsten Sinema, has yet to announce her position on Tanden.

During confirmation hearings, Thomas-Greenfield faced some criticism from Senate Republicans who labeled her soft on China, citing a 2019 speech she gave to the Chinese-funded Confucius Institute in which she praised China's massive infrastructure and influence program in Africa.

Biden, asked Friday whether he would pull Tanden's nomination, said he wouldn't.

The White House has insisted that it is still publicly supporting Nanden, though some Democrats on Capitol Hill have already begun to support a possible replacement: Shalanda Young, the former clerk and staff director for the House Appropriations Committee.

Murkowski said she was trying to simply look at Tanden's "competence" in evaluating whether to support her nomination.

A GOP aide told ABC News on Monday that Sen.

Still, Tanden, the president of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, is in the slightly unique position of seeing her support fray on the right and the left - a scenario that led some observers to register surprise when she was nominated.

The proposed change is being criticized by three prominent Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee.

Some have compared Tanden's online presence to that of noted Twitter troll, former ambassador, and unconfirmed Trump cabinet member, Richard Grenell.

Flake, who left office in 2019, announced his unlikely support for Tanden's confirmation, calling her "smart, experienced and qualified to lead OMB". Collins blamed Tanden's past actions and said they "demonstrated exactly the kind of animosity that President Biden has pledged to transcend".

"I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden's public statements and tweets that were personally directed towards my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, from Senator Sanders to Senator McConnell and others", said Manchin.

Four of them considered most likely to vote with Democrats, Rob Portman, John Cornyn, Susan Collins and Mitt Romney, indicated on Monday that they would not vote to confirm Tanden.

When pressed if the White House had made an effort to reach out specifically to the group of moderate Republicans, Psaki demurred. That means the White House can't afford to lose another Democratic vote, and one key centrist Democrat, Arizona Sen.

The lawmakers said they want to reform the "the decision-making process the United States uses in its command and control of nuclear forces". Joe Manchin of West Virginia - a relatively conservative Democrat - has said he would not vote to confirm Tanden, dealing the first blow to her chances of confirmation.

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