Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination

Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products Voting rights and Senate wrongs Swalwell slams House Republican for touting funding in bill she voted down MORE (R-Iowa) said Thursday he will vote against Neera TandenNeera TandenBiden to sign order to streamline government services to public Politics, media worlds react to Wallace news Biden's head of personnel to leave White House for UNICEF MORE’s nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the latest Republican swing vote to come out against her.

When asked if he’d support Tanden’s nomination, he simply told the Capitol press pool, “No.”

“I said 'no' and that's all I'm going to say,” he responded when pressed for a reason.

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Grassley's office pointed to his remarks to the pool when asked for the senator's reasoning behind his opposition.

The Iowa senator is the latest in a mushrooming number of centrist Republicans to come out against Tanden, whose nomination is hanging by the thinnest of threads in the Senate.

She is facing broad rebukes over past tweets offering fiery criticism of senators on both sides of the aisle.

In some of the past tweets that have drawn criticism, Tanden compared Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service Biden clarifies any Russian movement into Ukraine 'is an invasion' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks MORE (R-Ky.) to "Harry Potter" villain Voldemort.

In another, she said that vampires had more heart than Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products Lawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine On The Money — Ban on stock trading for Congress gains steam MORE (R-Texas). She has called Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsManchin, Collins leading talks on overhauling election law, protecting election officials Schumer opted for modest rules reform after pushback from moderates Ossoff and Collins clash over her past support for voting rights legislation MORE (R-Maine) "the worst" and referred to then-Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCruz to get Nord Stream 2 vote as part of deal on Biden nominees Democrats threaten to play hardball over Cruz's blockade Rubio vows to slow-walk Biden's China, Spain ambassador nominees MORE (R-Ariz.) as "criminally ignorant."

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Tanden’s nomination was first thrown into jeopardy Friday when Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBriahna Joy Gray: Last-minute push for voting legislation felt 'perfomative' Manchin: Biden spending plan talks would start 'from scratch' Manchin, Collins leading talks on overhauling election law, protecting election officials MORE (D-W.Va.), a moderate with an independent streak, came out against her, specifically citing her tweets.

"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," Manchin said in a statement. 

Several moderate Republicans, including Collins and Sens. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanLawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine Biden huddles with group of senators on Ukraine-Russia tensions Overnight Defense & National Security — Texas hostage situation rattles nation MORE (Ohio) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyVoting rights and Senate wrongs Biden says minorities will vote no matter how hard GOP makes it The Memo: Is Trump the GOP's future or in rearview mirror? MORE (Utah), soon announced their own opposition. Grassley was among the Republicans the White House was still trying to win over, though some observers were skeptical he'd be convinced. 

Tanden’s nomination now rests almost entirely in the hands of Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOssoff and Collins clash over her past support for voting rights legislation Senate GOP blocks election bill, setting up filibuster face-off Schumer prepares for Senate floor showdown with Manchin, Sinema MORE (R-Alaska), essentially the only moderate Republican who has yet to say how she’ll vote.

If all 49 remaining Democrats back Tanden along with Murkowski, her nomination could squeak through with Vice President Harris’s tie-breaking vote. 

However, it remains unclear if Tanden will get the support of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats calls on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Briahna Joy Gray: Last-minute push for voting legislation felt 'perfomative' Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service MORE (I-Vt.), with whom she has a fraught history, or Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaBriahna Joy Gray: Last-minute push for voting legislation felt 'perfomative' Manchin: Biden spending plan talks would start 'from scratch' Manchin, Collins leading talks on overhauling election law, protecting election officials MORE (D-Ariz.), a centrist with a penchant for occasionally bucking her party.