Romney will oppose Tanden's nomination to lead OMB

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneySenators say White House aides agreed to infrastructure 'framework' Trump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs warn against sweeping reform to military justice system | Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal | National Guard may have 'training issues' if not reimbursed MORE (R-Utah) will oppose 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's nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), underscoring the dwindling number of potential GOP supporters for her confirmation.

“Senator Romney has been critical of extreme rhetoric from prior nominees, and this is consistent with that position. He believes it’s hard to return to comity and respect with a nominee who has issued a thousand mean tweets," Romney's office said in a statement, confirming his opposition.

Tanden's nomination appears to be in limbo, even as two committees are expected to hold a vote this week to send her nomination to the full Senate.


Because Democrats hold a 50-50 majority, they could have confirmed Tanden to lead OMB without GOP support as long as every member of the Democratic caucus had voted to confirm her. That would have allowed Vice President Harris to break a tie.

But Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Senators say White House aides agreed to infrastructure 'framework' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden is keeping the filibuster to have 'a Joe Manchin presidency' MORE (D-W.Va.), one of the most conservative members of the Democratic caucus, announced late last week that he would not support Tanden, leaving her short of the 50 votes needed.

"I believe her overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress and the next director of the Office of Management and Budget. For this reason, I cannot support her nomination," Manchin said.

President BidenJoe BidenSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Biden appoints veteran housing, banking regulator as acting FHFA chief Iran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' MORE and Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats urge Biden to extend moratorium on student loan payments White House draws ire of progressives amid voting rights defeat Murkowski to vote 'no' on voting rights bill MORE (D-N.Y.) have indicated that they are not willing to drop her nomination for now.

"I am working with President Biden 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 on Sunday.


Tanden will need at least one GOP senator to support her nomination in order to be confirmed because of Manchin's opposition. If additional Democratic senators came out against her, she would need more GOP support.

But she's facing a shrinking pool of potential GOP "yes" votes.

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenators say White House aides agreed to infrastructure 'framework' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP torpedoes election bill; infrastructure talks hit snag White House digs in as infrastructure talks stall MORE (R-Maine), one of the most moderate members of the GOP caucus, announced on Monday morning that she could not support Tanden.

"Neera Tanden has neither the experience nor the temperament to lead this critical agency. Her past actions have demonstrated exactly the kind of animosity that President Biden has pledged to transcend," Collins said.

“In addition, Ms. Tanden’s decision to delete more than a thousand tweets in the days before her nomination was announced raises concerns about her commitment to transparency. Should Congress need to review documents or actions taken by OMB, we must have confidence that the Director will be forthcoming," she added.

Spokespeople for Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP torpedoes election bill; infrastructure talks hit snag White House digs in as infrastructure talks stall Schumer vows next steps after 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE (R-Alaska), another potential swing vote, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Tanden has drawn scrutiny and apologized for her previous tweets in which, among other things, she compared Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCan Manchin answer his predecessor's call on voting rights? Biden at Sen. John Warner's funeral: He 'gave me confidence' Democrats' narrow chance to retain control after 2022 MORE (Ky.) to Voldemort, the villain in the "Harry Potter" series, and called Collins "the worst."