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Senate GOP whip: Murkowski's vote on Tanden is 'fluid' at the moment

Senate GOP whip: Murkowski's vote on Tanden is 'fluid' at the moment
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Senate GOP Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSunday shows preview: Democrats eye two-part infrastructure push; Michigan coronavirus cases surge Schumer kicks into reelection mode The Hill's Morning Report - Biden shifts on filibuster MORE (S.D.) said on Tuesday that Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump looms large over GOP donor retreat in Florida Top GOP super PAC endorses Murkowski amid primary threat Biden-GOP infrastructure talks off to rocky start MORE’s (R-Alaska) vote for 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 to become the White House budget chief is “fluid."

"She obviously wants to get their attention on things that are important to her state. And she's got, as any senator does, particularly through the nomination process, quite a bit of leverage," Thune said, Politico reported, referring to Biden administration officials. "It's been fluid."

Thune added that Murkowski has "concerns about the economy in Alaska."

"There are some policies that the administration has taken already that are very harmful to Alaska. And she's trying to have a conversation with them about things they can do to help improve the economic outlook," he said.

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Murkowski is a key vote for Tanden, whom Biden nominated to be director of the Office of Management and Budget. Her hopes for confirmation were complicated when Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinClose the avenues of foreign meddling Democrats see political winner in tax fight MSNBC's Joy Reid pans Manchin, Sinema as the 'no progress caucus' MORE (D-W.Va.) said he would not support it and Democrats have since been looking for a Republican vote in favor of Tanden's confirmation in the evenly divided Senate. 

GOP senators, however, were angered by her sharp tone on Twitter as head of the Center for American Progress and tweets disparaging Republicans. Tanden has since apologized for the tweets.

Murkowski has been deliberating her vote for a week. She met with Tanden on Monday but said she had made no decision on her nomination.

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

A Washington Post reporter last month showed Murkowski a tweet in which Tanden attacked the senator in the past.

See, that goes to show how much homework I still have to do on her if I didn’t even know that she had sent out a tweet about me,” the senator responded.