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Murkowski says no decision after Tanden meeting

Murkowski says no decision after Tanden meeting
© Greg Nash

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate GOP signal they won't filibuster debate of hate crimes bill Trump digs in on attacks against Republican leaders Nixed Interior nominee appointed to different department role  MORE (R-Alaska) said that she met with 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 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.”

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Murkowski could make or break Tanden’s nomination.

Democrats need 50 votes to get Tanden confirmed. With Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinFive hurdles Democrats face to pass an infrastructure bill Nixed Interior nominee appointed to different department role  Against mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan 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 SchumerHolder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ Capitol Police officer killed in car attack lies in honor in Capitol Rotunda Rep. Andy Kim on Asian hate: 'I've never felt this level of fear' 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."