West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has announced that he will vote against Neera Tanden, President Biden‘s nominee for the director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Manchin released a brief statement on Friday saying that Tanden’s past comments on Twitter about colleagues on both sides of the aisle had led him to this decision.
“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. I believe her overtly 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,” Manchin said in a statement. “For this reason, I cannot support her nomination.”
“As I have said before, we must take meaningful steps to end the political division and dysfunction that pervades our politics. 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 facing our nation,” Manchin said.”
Without support for the nomination from a Republican Senator, Manchin’s announcement essentially means that she will not be confirmed for the job. She would be the first of Biden’s nominees not to be confirmed.