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

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerFive takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision Senate confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar Schumer vows to only pass infrastructure package that is 'a strong, bold climate bill' MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that he is working to try to find the votes to confirm Neera TandenNeera TandenBiden's no-drama White House chief Manchin isn't ready to support Democrats passing infrastructure on their own Republicans target Trump critic's role at DOJ MORE to be President Biden's Office of Management and Budget director. 

"I am working with President BidenJoe BidenChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report OVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Poll: Majority back blanket student loan forgiveness 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 ManchinJoe ManchinDelaware set to raise minimum wage to by 2025 Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Manchin calls on Biden to nominate permanent FDA commissioner 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.

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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 McConnellMcConnell shoots down Manchin's voting compromise Environmental groups urge congressional leaders to leave climate provisions in infrastructure package Loeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run MORE (Ky.) to Voldemort and called Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate confirms Radhika Fox to lead EPA's water office Pelosi says she's giving Senate more time on Jan. 6 commission Overnight Energy: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process Wednesday | Bipartisan bill would ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics | Biden admin eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve 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 TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC 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 SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Democratic senators press PhRMA over COVID-19 lobbying efforts  MORE (I-Vt.), the committee chairman, has not said yet if he will support Tanden. 

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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.