White House stands behind Tanden as opposition mounts

White House stands behind Tanden as opposition mounts
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The White House is maintaining its support for Neera TandenNeera TandenGOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions On The Money — Biden's big plans for the Fed Biden taps Shalanda Young to lead White House budget office MORE’s nomination to lead the administration's budget office, insisting that it’s still working to get her confirmed after four senators announced they would vote against her.

White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOn The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises New variant raises questions about air travel mandates Biden to receive 'regular updates' about Michigan school shooting MORE on Tuesday refused to comment on potential fallback options, saying “there’s one candidate to lead the budget department and that’s Neera Tanden.”

“The president’s focus is on working toward the confirmation of Neera Tanden to be the Office of Management and Budget director. That is our focus,” Psaki said.

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President BidenJoe BidenCDC working to tighten testing requirement for international travelers On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Manchin seeks 'adjustments' to spending plan MORE later said that the fight to confirm Tanden isn't over.

“We’re going to push," he said in response to a shouted question following a roundtable event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. "We still think there’s a shot, a good shot."

Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Manchin seeks 'adjustments' to spending plan Pence-linked group launches 0K ad campaign in West Virginia praising Manchin Democrats push tax credits to bolster clean energy MORE (D-W.Va.), Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyNo deal in sight as Congress nears debt limit deadline GOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead MORE (R-Utah), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanBipartisan success in the Senate signals room for more compromise Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — US mulls Afghan evacuees' future Hillicon Valley — Presented by Ericsson — DOJ unveils new election hacking charges MORE (R-Ohio) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsBiden signs four bills aimed at helping veterans The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The omicron threat and Biden's plan to beat it Senate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo MORE (R-Maine) have all said they will oppose Tanden’s nomination, saying her past tweets attacking members of both parties raise questions about her judgement and whether she can work with Congress.

Some Democratic lawmakers are frustrated by the opposition to Tanden, saying former President TrumpDonald TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension MORE’s nominees often got a pass despite his insulting tweets and remarks.

Psaki said Tuesday that Tanden has had 44 meetings with senators in both parties, up from 35 senators a day earlier. Psaki said Tanden has met with 15 senators since Friday, when Manchin first announced his opposition.

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiCongress should reject H.R. 1619's dangerous anywhere, any place casino precedent Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks MORE (R-Alaska), a potential key swing vote, says she has not heard from the White House or Tanden.

Psaki said Tanden is “committed to rolling up her sleeves, having those conversations ... reiterating her commitment to working with people across the aisle.”

“She’s working the phones  people here are working the phones  and we’re just not going to provide day-by-day updates of every senator that we’ve communicated with, but they can communicate on their own,” she added.

Updated at 3:05 p.m.