Schumer says he's working to find votes to confirm Biden's OMB pick

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerManchin firm on support for filibuster, mulls making it 'a little bit more painful' to use Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that he is working to try to find the votes to confirm 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 to be President Biden's Office of Management and Budget director. 

"I am working with President BidenJoe BidenLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Fauci predicts high schoolers will receive coronavirus vaccinations this fall Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE to find the extra votes so she can be passed. I think she would be a very good OMB leader," Schumer told reporters in New York. 

Tanden's nomination was thrown into limbo on Friday when Democratic Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocrats near pressure point on nixing filibuster  All eyes on Manchin after COVID-19 aid passes Senate Justice: 'I'm not going to get in a food fight with Joe Manchin' on use of CARES Act funds MORE (W.Va.) announced that he could not support her. Manchin said that he was worried her previous tweets and statements "will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress" and the head of OMB.


In order to be confirmed to lead OMB, Tanden needs 50 votes, which would let Vice President Harris break the tie.

That means she could have been confirmed if every Democratic senator supported her. 

Manchin is the first Democratic senator to announce he would not support Tanden, who has faced fierce pushback from Republicans during two nomination hearings because of her previous tweets and statements. 

Tanden has apologized for her previous tweets, where, among other things, she compared Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats near pressure point on nixing filibuster  We need a voting rights workaround Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package MORE (Ky.) to Voldemort and called Sen. 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) "the worst." Republicans have also drawn criticism for their focus on her tweets after many of the same lawmakers spent four years downplaying or ignoring tweets from former President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE, who used his account to go after both Democrats and members of his own party. 

The Senate Budget Committee is scheduled to hold a vote on Wednesday on whether to send her nomination to the Senate floor. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Progressives' majority delusions politically costly Sinema pushes back on criticism of her vote against minimum wage MORE (I-Vt.), the committee chairman, has not said yet if he will support Tanden. 


No GOP senator has said, yet, that they will support Tanden, and most are expected to oppose her. Because of Manchin's opposition, she'll need the support of at least one Republican to be confirmed. 

Biden has indicated that he's not pulling her nomination and defended Tanden late last week

“I think we are going to find the votes and get her confirmed,” Biden told reporters at Joint Base Andrews following a trip to the Pfizer vaccine manufacturing plant in Michigan.