Biden stated in a press release that Tanden had requested to withdraw her title from consideration, and that she would nonetheless serve in his administration.
“I have the utmost respect for her record of accomplishment, her experience and her counsel,” Biden stated.
The announcement comes after a number of key senators stated they might oppose Tanden’s nomination, citing her previous feedback geared toward lawmakers and posts on social media.
Though Tanden withdrew her nomination, the White House noticed no path to her affirmation, in accordance with an administration official.
“We exhausted every path forward,” the official stated.
In a letter to Biden, Tanden stated it was the “honor of a lifetime” to be thought of for the position.
“I appreciate how hard you and your team at the White House has worked to win my confirmation. Unfortunately, it now seems clear that there is no path forward to gain confirmation, and I do not want continued consideration of my nomination to be a distraction from your other priorities,” Tanden wrote.
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah all stated in latest weeks that they might oppose her affirmation, pointing to Tanden’s previous criticisms of lawmakers on social media.
Without Manchin’s assist, Tanden would have wanted a Republican senator to vote in favor. Democrats maintain a slender majority in a 50-50 Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris capable of solid tie-breaking votes within the chamber.
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska had been seen as a possible swing vote and met with Tanden on Monday afternoon to debate her nomination. Murkowski informed CNN shortly earlier than the nomination was pulled that she had nonetheless not decided on Tanden.
However, a senior administration official informed CNN’s Jake Tapper that Murkowski had conveyed to the White House that she was a no, therefore Tanden had withdrawn.
A senior administration official stated the backing of unbiased Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona was additionally very a lot unsure.
Sanders, the chairman of the committee that oversaw Tanden’s affirmation hearings, informed CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” that he didn’t imagine Tanden had the votes to be confirmed.
“Well, right now Neera Tanden does not have the votes, so we’ll see what happens in the future,” Sanders stated in an interview moments earlier than the White House introduced her nomination was being pulled.
Tanden apologized and expressed remorse over her previous tweets throughout Senate affirmation hearings final month.
She appeared earlier than the Senate Homeland Security Committee and apologized for a number of the criticism she has beforehand directed at congressional Republicans and expressed remorse over previous tweets. Tanden later confronted senators on the Budget Committee, together with Sanders, an unbiased who caucuses with Democrats, who stated a few of her previous feedback amounted to “vicious attacks made against progressives.”
In the times after the election, Tanden additionally deleted greater than 1,000 tweets from her private account, a few of which had been reviewed by CNN’s KFile.
Tanden would have led a key financial submit that oversees the manufacturing of the President’s proposed price range for his agenda if she had been confirmed.
The White House had remained steadily in assist of Tanden for the position. Biden had stated he didn’t intend to tug Tanden’s nomination and that he believed they might discover the votes to get her confirmed. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated Sunday he was working with Biden to assemble the assist wanted to substantiate Tanden.
After Manchin and Collins got here out towards Tanden’s nomination, White House press secretary Jen Psaki launched a press release in assist of Tanden.
“Neera Tanden=accomplished policy expert, would be 1st Asian American woman to lead OMB, has lived experience having benefitted from a number of federal programs as a kid, looking ahead to the committee votes this week and continuing to work toward her confirmation,” Psaki stated in a tweet.
This story has been up to date with further reporting and details about Tanden’s nomination.
CNN’s Ted Barrett contributed to this report.