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Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination

Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenate aims to pass anti-Asian hate crimes bill this week 'Real Housewives of the GOP' — Wannabe reality show narcissists commandeer the party This week: Democrats move on DC statehood MORE (R-Iowa) said Thursday he will vote against 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’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 McConnellHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong 15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban It's not 'woketivism,' it's good business MORE (R-Ky.) to "Harry Potter" villain Voldemort.

In another, she said that vampires had more heart than Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban 'Real Housewives of the GOP' — Wannabe reality show narcissists commandeer the party Is the antidote to bad speech more speech or more regulation? MORE (R-Texas). She has called Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate aims to pass anti-Asian hate crimes bill this week This week: Democrats move on DC statehood Trump looms over Senate's anti-Asian hate crimes battle MORE (R-Maine) "the worst" and referred to then-Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFive reasons why US faces chronic crisis at border Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain Former GOP lawmaker: Republican Party 'engulfed in lies and fear' MORE (R-Ariz.) as "criminally ignorant."

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Tanden’s nomination was first thrown into jeopardy Friday when Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOn The Money: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change | Manchin throws support behind union-backed PRO Act | Consumer bureau rolls out rule to bolster CDC eviction ban Miners union to back Biden on green energy if it retains jobs Manchin throws support behind union-backed PRO Act 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 PortmanGOP Rep. Steve Stivers plans to retire Kellyanne Conway joins Ohio Senate candidate's campaign OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate confirms Mallory to lead White House environment council | US emissions dropped 1.7 percent in 2019 | Interior further delays Trump rule that would make drillers pay less to feds MORE (Ohio) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyAdvocacy groups pushing Biden to cancel student debt for disabled 15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults now eligible for COVID vaccines 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 MurkowskiTrump: GOP candidates need to embrace 'make America great' agenda if they want to win Republicans who backed Trump impeachment see fundraising boost Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats 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 SandersOvernight Energy: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change through finance | Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' | Don't attack Zoom for its Bernie Sanders federal tax bill Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' MORE (I-Vt.), with whom she has a fraught history, or Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaAdvocacy groups pushing Biden to cancel student debt for disabled Manchin throws support behind union-backed PRO Act Game of votes — why budget reconciliation isn't the answer Democrats need MORE (D-Ariz.), a centrist with a penchant for occasionally bucking her party.