Neera Tanden has withdrawn her nomination to head President Biden‘s White House budget office.
The White House made the announcement on Tuesday evening following weeks of uncertainty surrounding her nomination.
“I appreciate how hard you and your team at the White House has worked to win my confirmation,” Neera said in a letter to Biden. “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.”
Tanden, who would have been the first woman of color to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), faced scrutiny over mean tweets she had written about Republicans and progressive Democrats alike in her previous role heading the Center for American Progress.
She is the first of Biden’s nominees to either not be confirmed or have her nomination withdrawn.
“I have accepted Neera Tanden’s request to withdraw her name from nomination for Director of the Office of Management and Budget,” Biden said in a statement. “I have the utmost respect for her record of accomplishment, her experience and her counsel, and I look forward to having her serve in a role in my Administration. She will bring valuable perspective and insight to our work.”
Shalanda Young, who on Wednesday underwent a confirmation hearing to be the deputy OMB director, is seen as the most likely nominee.