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Cornyn spokesperson: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick

A spokesperson for Sen. John CornynJohn CornynPassage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers Democrats look to improve outreach to Asian and Latino communities MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video MORE's reported pick to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has "no chance" of being confirmed by the Senate should Republicans remain in control next year.

In a tweet, Cornyn spokesman Drew Brandewie said that Center for American Progress head Neera TandenNeera TandenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' On The Money: Senate panels postpone Tanden meetings in negative sign | Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers Biden's picks face peril in 50-50 Senate MORE's past history of "disparaging comments about the Republican Senators' whose votes she’ll need" made her confirmation highly unlikely. Tanden would need 51 votes in the Senate to become head of the OMB; Democrats currently control 48 seats in the Senate, though they are hoping to pick up two more in Georgia as the state's Senate elections head to runoffs in January.

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The statement from Brandewie is a departure from his boss's remarks earlier this month. Cornyn said that Biden's win over President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE in the 2020 election would not be assured until all states have certified their votes. Trump has refused to concede the election and has launched a host of legal challenges seeking to overturn results in various states that have yet to see any measure of success.

“He is not president-elect until the votes are certified. So the answer to that is no,” Cornyn said, according to The Dallas Morning News. “And I don’t know what basis you or anybody else would claim that he’s president-elect before the votes are certified and these contests are resolved.”

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Tanden would be Biden's pick to lead the OMB. She has led the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, since 2010. During the 2016 election, Tanden was a top ally of the Democratic Party's then-nominee, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonShelby endorses Shalanda Young for OMB director should Biden pull Tanden's nomination Jennifer Palmieri: 'Ever since I was aware of politics, I wanted to be in politics' Cruz: Wife 'pretty pissed' about leaked Cancun texts MORE, and was seen at the time as a likely candidate for a White House role.

Representatives for Biden's transition team did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.

--Updated on Nov. 30 at 5:30 a.m.