The White House and the Indian-American neighborhood are solidly backing the nomination of Neera Tanden because the Director of Office of Management and Budget, describing her as essentially the most acceptable candidate to carry the place.
“There’s one candidate to lead the budget department, and her name is Neera Tanden,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki informed reporters at her every day information convention on Tuesday as a number of Republican Senators are opposing her nomination, citing her previous social media behaviour.
If confirmed by the Senate, 50-year-old Tanden would develop into the primary individual of color to move the federal company that prepares the annual price range of the US authorities.
Republican Senator Rob Portman from Ohio on Monday introduced that he would vote towards Tanden throughout the affirmation course of. The two different senators who’ve already introduced their opposition are Republicans Susan Collins and Mitt Romney. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin has already introduced that he’ll vote towards her.
Democrats maintain the Senate by a 50-50 margin, and Manchin’s announcement final week was seen as devastating for Tanden’s possibilities.
Psaki stated Tanden has had 44 conferences with senators of each events. She’s spoken with 15 senators from each events since Friday. Some of these have been repeats of individuals she had spoken with beforehand, the press secretary stated.
She stated Tanden is dedicated to rolling up her sleeves, having these conversations, answering questions as they arrive up, reiterating her dedication to working with individuals throughout the aisle, and in addition sharing a few of her personal expertise of working with individuals of various viewpoints.
“We’re going to push. We still think there’s a shot, a good shot,” Biden told reporters at the White House.
The Senate Budget Committee has scheduled a vote on Tanden’s nomination on Wednesday, while the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is all set to take up the vote a day later on Thursday.
The Republican senators have alleged that Tanden was sharply critical of their leadership in the past and she has now deleted more than thousands of such tweets.
A delay in her confirmation process would have repercussions on the preparation and presentation of the annual budget.
Coming out in support of Tanden, US Chamber of Commerce said she is well-qualified to lead OMB and brings an established track record of engagement with the business community.
Indian Americans from across the country have joined “YesNeera” twitter campaign organised by South Asians for Biden.
Tanden is highly qualified to be OMB director, tweeted Namrata Majumdar, a tech and economy policy expert.
“She’s a trailblazer for women in government policy despite the odds. We cannot let double standards derail the chance of the first WOC (women of colour) in this role,” she said.
Neha Dewan, national director of South Asians for Biden said South Asians for Biden stands with Tanden and Surgeon General nominee Dr Vivek Murthy, and strongly urges swift confirmations of Biden’s cabinet selections.
“The Biden-Harris administration thoughtfully selected the most diverse cabinet and senior staff in American history to guide America through multiple converging crises. We are particularly heartened by the inclusion of outstanding South Asian public servants, including Ms Tanden and Dr Murthy, and we strongly urge the US Senate to confirm them,” she said.
Tanden was a key architect of the Affordable Care Act, which expanded healthcare to millions of American families, and has served as a senior policy advisor to Democratic presidential campaigns and administrations.
“Tanden’s longstanding commitment to advancing policies that improve American lives makes her an ideal choice to serve as President Biden’s top budget advisor,” Dewan said.
On the Senate floor, Senator John Cornyn, who co-chairs the Senate Indian Caucus, urged Biden to withdraw the nomination of Tanden.
“My pleasant recommendation to President Biden is to withdraw Neera Tanden’s nomination and choose somebody, who on the very least, has not promoted wild conspiracy theories and overtly bashed individuals on each side of the aisle that she occurs to disagree with,” he stated.
Joining the “YesNeera” social media marketing campaign, Olympian and five-time World Champion determine skater Michelle Kwan tweeted that Tanden is certified to steer the OMB and if confirmed, would be the first girl of color and Asian American Pacific Islanders to take action.
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