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Asian Pacific American Caucus urges senators to confirm Tanden

Asian Pacific American Caucus urges senators to confirm Tanden
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Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus sent a letter to senators on Monday urging them 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 as President BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE’s director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

The letter describes Tanden as “exceptionally qualified” for the role and also notes the historical significance of Tanden’s nomination: she would be the first Asian American and first woman of color to lead OMB.

“Ms. Tanden’s substantial policy, legislative, and executive branch experience makes her exceptionally qualified to lead the OMB and ensure that our nation’s budgets and programs reflect our shared values of hard work, fairness, and respect,” the letter states.

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“As a daughter of a single mother who relied on public housing and food stamps to survive, Ms. Tanden understands firsthand the struggles that many Americans face every day and the pivotal role that government can play in leveling the playing field and creating an economy that works for working families,” it continues.

The show of support comes as Tanden’s confirmation appears increasingly unlikely.

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSunday shows preview: Manchin makes the rounds after pivotal role in coronavirus relief debate Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package Schumer insists Democrats unified after chaotic coronavirus debate MORE (D-W.Va.) said last week he would oppose Tanden’s nomination, citing her “overtly partisan statements.” At least two GOP senators, Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike Murkowski votes with Senate panel to advance Haaland nomination OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior reverses Trump policy that it says restricted science | Collins to back Haaland's Interior nomination | Republicans press Biden environment nominee on Obama-era policy MORE (Maine) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDemocratic centrists flex power on Biden legislation Ron Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many Romney's TRUST Act is a Trojan Horse to cut seniors' benefits MORE (Utah), considered potential swing votes said Monday that they also would oppose her nomination.

Many GOP senators have expressed opposition to Tanden due to her past critical tweets, which targeted Republicans and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSinema pushes back on criticism of her vote against minimum wage, implying that it's sexist Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package Schumer insists Democrats unified after chaotic coronavirus debate MORE (I-Vt.). Tanden apologized for her tweets during her confirmation hearings earlier this month.  

The letter sent by CAPAC on Monday also describes Tanden as someone who has experience working across the aisle to advance policy, citing her work on the Child Tax Credit, health care access and education.

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“We urge the Senate to swiftly confirm her nomination so we can get to work to address the challenges facing our nation,” the letter states.

The White House reiterated support for Tanden on Monday and continued to say President Biden believes the Senate votes are there to confirm her. Two committees must first advance Tanden’s nomination before it goes to the floor for a full vote. 

“The president nominated her because he believed she’d be a stellar OMB director,” White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen Psaki Cruz puts hold on Biden's CIA nominee US refugee agency sees record number of migrants in February Democrats gear up for PR battle on COVID-19 relief MORE said at an afternoon briefing. “This is a process — confirmations, getting individuals confirmed is. She has two committee votes this week, and we’re working toward that and we’ll continue to work in supporting her nomination.”

The Senate is tied 50-50, with Vice President Harris able to cast the tie-breaking vote, meaning that Biden would need at least one Republican to vote in favor of confirming Tanden with Manchin voting against her.