Biden won't pull Tanden nomination, says she'll get the votes

President BidenJoe BidenFirst lady leaves Walter Reed after foot procedure Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News MORE told reporters Friday he believes there are enough votes to confirm Neera TandenNeera TandenThe Hill's Morning Report - Will Schumer back down on his deadline? Biden's budget vacancy raises eyebrows White House releases staff salaries showing narrowed gender pay gap MORE to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) despite Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinTop Democrat: 'A lot of spin' coming from White House on infrastructure An August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Democrats say they have the votes to advance .5T budget measure MORE (D-W.Va.) saying he would oppose her nomination.

“I think we are going to find the votes and get her confirmed,” Biden told reporters at Joint Base Andrews following a trip to the Pfizer vaccine manufacturing plant in Michigan. The White House also said it would not pull Tanden’s nomination.

"Neera Tanden is an accomplished policy expert who would be an excellent Budget Director and we look forward to the committee votes next week and to continuing to work toward her confirmation through engagement with both parties,” White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOn The Money: Biden asks Congress to extend eviction ban with days until expiration | Economic growth rose to 6.5 percent annual rate in second quarter Biden calls on Congress to extend eviction ban with days until expiration Why in the world are White House reporters being told to mask up again? MORE said. 


Still, Tanden’s ability to get confirmed is tenuous after Manchin said in a statement Friday afternoon that he would oppose her nomination, citing her “overtly partisan statements.” Tanden has withstood criticism for tweets harshly criticizing Republicans.

"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. "For this reason, I cannot support her nomination."

Most Republicans have already signaled they will oppose Tanden’s nomination. Manchin’s opposition also suggested that other moderate Democrats, like Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), could also oppose her.

The Senate is split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, with Vice President Harris casting the tie-breaking vote. At least one Republican would need to vote with Democrats to approve Tanden in order for her to be confirmed given Manchin’s opposition.

Two Senate committees have held hearings for Tanden but neither has held a vote yet on whether to advance her nomination to a full floor vote.