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

President BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE told reporters Friday he believes there are enough votes to confirm Neera TandenNeera TandenOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels White House says Shalanda Young could serve as acting OMB director Republicans blast Pentagon policy nominee over tweets, Iran nuclear deal MORE to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) despite Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Progressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill 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: Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill | Stocks sink after Powell fails to appease jittery traders | February jobs report to provide first measure of Biden economy Biden called off second military target in Syria minutes before strike: report White House says Shalanda Young could serve as acting OMB director MORE said. 

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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.