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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 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’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 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 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 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 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 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.), 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 (R-Utah), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSchumer insists Democrats unified after chaotic coronavirus debate GOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill Senate approves sweeping coronavirus measure in partisan vote MORE (R-Ohio) and 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 (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 TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout 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.

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Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump promises to travel to Alaska to campaign against Murkowski GOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill Senate approves sweeping coronavirus measure in partisan vote 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.