October 16, 2021

White House finally withdraws nomination of Tanden from consideration

President Joe Biden announced he is withdrawing the nomination of Neera Tandem as budget chief at her request, following reports she would not be confirmed in the Senate due to past Twitter posts critical of political leaders.

Tandem was expected to become President Biden’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, but will now likely find a different role in the administration, according to the president. The report marks the first time a Biden cabinet nominee has failed to receive confirmation.

In Tanden’s letter to the president, she noted,

I appreciate how hard you and your team at the White House has worked to win my confirmation.

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.

I am incredibly grateful for your leadership on behalf of the American people and for your agenda that will make such a transformative difference in people’s lives.

The controversy surrounding Tandem arose after reports that she had deleted more than 1,000 tweets before the confirmation process began. The archived tweets included attacks on both parties, leading Wes Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin to join with Republicans who announced plans to vote against her confirmation.

The Washington Post had reported, “Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) announced last month that he would oppose her, meaning Tanden would need the support of at least one Republican to be confirmed in the evenly divided Senate.”

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders noted Tandem’s attacks against him when he ran against Hillary Clinton for the Democrat nomination in 2015. She had previously served as an advisor for the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Tandem’s situation reveals the power of social media in today’s government. Despite deleting past posts, Tandem could not hide her previous attacks on lawmakers. Her actions offer much insight, as Americans recognize the influence social media can have for good or for bad.

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Steven Blessie (@guest_1162119)
7 months ago

EVEN SHE KNOWS NOT TO GET INTO THIS ADMINISTRATION.

Me (@guest_1162132)
Reply to  Steven Blessie
7 months ago

Wouldn’t it be amazing to actually have somebody I could manage and budget

Sharon (@guest_1162142)
Reply to  Steven Blessie
7 months ago

No, biden said he would find a place for her, she won’t be gone. She was just to nasty

Marilyn M M Lindsay (@guest_1163036)
Reply to  Sharon
7 months ago

She can’t be as bad as Pelosi.

Janice Hamman (@guest_1162140)
7 months ago

She’s right about Biden’s agenda making a transformative difference in people’s lives. It’s just not a good difference.

Lt. Rob Polans USMC Spec & Intel Ops., Ret.? (@guest_1162145)
7 months ago

Nobody can manage the budget, by 1970 it was far too screwed-up so imagine NOW! How many tweets did she delete? Over 1,000? And some thought DJT was bad.

James (@guest_1162417)
7 months ago

Her New Job counting those blonde hairs on Joe’s scrawnny legs while he smells her hair.As he learns to read his prompter.

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Reply to  James
7 months ago

I’ll drink to that !!

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7 months ago

I hope the SENATE never nominates any of Dictators people.

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