Murkowski says no decision after Tanden meeting

Murkowski says no decision after Tanden meeting
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Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGraham's COVID-19 'breakthrough' case jolts Senate Sarah Palin says she's praying about running for Senate against Murkowski Graham says he has COVID-19 'breakthrough' infection MORE (R-Alaska) said that she met with Neera TandenNeera TandenThe Hill's Morning Report - Will Schumer back down on his deadline? Biden's budget vacancy raises eyebrows White House releases staff salaries showing narrowed gender pay gap MORE on Monday but hadn’t made a decision on whether to support her nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget.

“I met with her today. We had a sit-down meeting, which was good,” Murkowski told reporters, noting that the meeting had just wrapped.

Murkowski added that she hasn’t made a decision, was still doing her “assessment” and had “some more follow-up questions.”


Murkowski could make or break Tanden’s nomination.

Democrats need 50 votes to get Tanden confirmed. With Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions Graham's COVID-19 'breakthrough' case jolts Senate Graham says he has COVID-19 'breakthrough' infection MORE (D-W.Va.) opposed to her, that means they will need at least one GOP senator.

Murkowski, who is up for reelection in 2022, is viewed as the only remaining GOP senator who could be swayed to vote for Tanden.

She has been in touch with the White House and met with Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPoll: Majority of voters say more police are needed amid rise in crime America's middle class is getting hooked on government cash — and Democrats aren't done yet The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE (D-N.Y.) late last week. Schumer declined to say afterward what they talked about.

Asked about the White House’s pitch for supporting Tanden, Murkowski summed it up last week as "the president nominated her."