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Tanden apologizes for tweets disparaging GOP

President BidenJoe BidenBiden taps California workplace safety leader to head up OSHA Romney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS US mulling cash payments to help curb migration MORE's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 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 Tuesday apologized for her past tweets disparaging Republicans.

"I regret that language and take responsibility for it," Tanden said in a line added to the prepared opening statement released to the media ahead of her confirmation hearing with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

"Over the last few years, it’s been part of my role to be an impassioned advocate. I understand, though, that the role of OMB director calls for bipartisan action, as well as a nonpartisan adherence to facts and evidence," she said.

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Republicans on the committee pilloried Tanden for scathing language she used against Republicans on Twitter while heading up the left-leaning Center for American Progress.

Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanTo encourage innovation, Congress should pass two bills protecting important R&D tax provision The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Biden-GOP infrastructure talks off to rocky start MORE (Ohio), the panel's ranking Republican, went through a litany of tweets in which Tanden had referred to Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Biden-GOP infrastructure talks off to rocky start Moderate GOP senators and Biden clash at start of infrastructure debate MORE (R-Maine) as “the worst,” said Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonMcConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists POW/MIA flag moved back atop White House MORE (R-Ark.) was “a fraud,” proclaimed that "vampires have more heart" than Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP lawmakers block Biden assistance to Palestinians Cruz on Boehner: 'I wear with pride his drunken, bloviated scorn' The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Let's make a deal on infrastructure, taxes MORE (R), and compared then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRomney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS McConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists MORE (R-Ky.) to the villain in the "Harry Potter" series, Voldemort.

“I believe that the tone, the content and the aggressive partisanship of some of your public statements have added to the troubling trend of more incivility in our public life,” Portman said.

He also noted that even after Tanden deleted thousands of old tweets, his staff found nine pages worth of Tweets among her remaining posts about Cruz.

“I recognize the concern. I deeply regret and apologize for my language," Tanden responded, adding that the onus was on her to earn the trust of GOP senators.

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She noted that, despite the rhetoric, she had worked with right-leaning think tanks such as the American Enterprise Institute and the Cato Institute in the past.

Tanden denied that she deleted her old tweets at the behest of the incoming Biden administration, and said she had removed them over the course of several months because she regretted them.

Tanden's tweets made her an early target for Republicans among Biden's nominees, raising questions about her confirmation.

The line of questioning on Tuesday marked somewhat of a partisan role reversal from recent years. During the Trump administration, Republican senators were frequently confronted with questions about former President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS McConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS US raises concerns about Iran's seriousness in nuclear talks MORE's incendiary and insulting tweets.

During his time in office, Trump called Biden "weak, both mentally and physically," referred to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Amazon wins union election — says 'our employees made the choice' On The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists MORE (I-Vt.) as "crazy," told several congresswomen of color to "go home," and threatened war with Iran and North Korea on Twitter.

GOP senators frequently responded by saying they disagreed with Trump's tone, brushing them off as distractions, or simply claiming they had not seen the tweets in question.

Tanden is scheduled to testify in an additional nomination hearing Wednesday before the Senate Budget Committee.