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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 WarrenLawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' World passes 3 million coronavirus deaths Poll: 56 percent say wealth tax is part of solution to inequality MORE (D-Mass.) and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHouse Dems to unveil drug pricing measure ahead of Biden package Ma'Khia Bryant's TikToks go viral as alternative to body cam footage Sherrod Brown: Teenager killed in Columbus police shooting 'should be alive right now' MORE (D-Ohio), two prominent Senate progressives, voiced support Monday for President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCornyn, Sinema to introduce bill aimed at addressing border surge Harris to travel to Northern Triangle region in June Biden expected to formally recognize Armenian Genocide: report MORE’s controversial choice to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Neera TandenNeera TandenFive ways an obscure Senate ruling could change Washington 2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet White House delays release of budget plan 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 McConnellWhen it comes to Georgia's voting law, keep politics out of business Pelosi to offer even split on 9/11-style commission to probe Capitol riot Senate GOP crafts outlines for infrastructure counter proposal 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 CornynCornyn, Sinema to introduce bill aimed at addressing border surge Bipartisan group of senators holds immigration talks amid border surge House votes to extend ban on fentanyl-like substances 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 TrumpUS gives examples of possible sanctions relief to Iran GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House passes bill aimed at stopping future Trump travel ban 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 BoehnerCantor: 'Level of craziness' in Washington has increased 'on both sides' Cheney on Trump going to GOP retreat in Florida: 'I haven't invited him' Republicans race for distance from 'America First Caucus' 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 SandersOn The Money: Yellen touts 'whole-of-economy' plan to fight climate change | Senate GOP adopts symbolic earmark ban, digs in on debt limit GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House Dems to unveil drug pricing measure ahead of Biden package 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.”