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Warren, Brown voice support for controversial Biden budget office pick

Warren, Brown voice support for controversial Biden budget office pick
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Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden to tap Rohit Chopra to lead CFPB, Gensler for SEC chair: reports Biden tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Porter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector MORE (D-Mass.) and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Biden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs Streamlining the process of prior authorization for medical and surgical procedures MORE (D-Ohio), two prominent Senate progressives, voiced support Monday for President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE’s controversial choice to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Neera TandenNeera TandenWhy Biden's diversity efforts fall flat 'Trumpification' of the GOP will persist Georgia keeps Senate agenda in limbo MORE.

“Neera Tanden is smart, experience, and qualified for the position of OMB Director. The American people decisively voted for change — Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham calls on Schumer to hold vote to dismiss article of impeachment against Trump Rove: Chances of conviction rise if Giuliani represents Trump in Senate impeachment trial Boebert communications director resigns amid Capitol riot: report MORE shouldn’t block us from having a functioning government that gets to work for the people we serve,” Brown, the top Democrat on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, tweeted.

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Brown tweeted in reaction to a statement made Sunday by a spokesman for Sen. John CornynJohn CornynHarris to resign from Senate seat on Monday Cruz, Cornyn to attend Biden inauguration McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time MORE (R-Texas) predicting that Tanden “stands zero chance of being confirmed” in the Senate.

Warren retweeted Brown’s show of support for Tanden and wrote: “I agree.”

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Tanden is controversial among both Senate Republicans and progressives for different reasons.

Drew Brandewei, a spokesman for Cornyn, called out Tanden for “an endless stream of disparaging comments about the Republican senators’ whose votes she’ll need.”

Tanden, for example, hit Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Twitter over the summer for not pressing President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE to wear a mask to protect against COVID-19 and cheered on Twitter when the GOP leader was referred to as “Moscow Mitch.”

She has also come under fire from the left for supporting cuts to Medicare and Social Security when former President Obama was in talks with former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerCan the GOP break its addiction to show biz? House conservatives plot to oust Liz Cheney Ex-Speaker Boehner after Capitol violence: 'The GOP must awaken' MORE (R-Ohio) and other congressional Republicans about reducing the federal deficit in 2012.

David Sirota, a prominent activist, the founder of The Daily Poster and an adviser to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate MORE’s (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign, pointed on Monday to Tanden’s past calls for cuts to entitlement programs.

In a February 2012 C-SPAN interview, Tanden said “we should have savings on entitlements” and noted the Center for American Progress, which she heads as president and chief executive, had put forward “ideas on proposals to reform the beneficiary structure of Social Security.”