Neera Tanden might have botched her final shot to direct the Office of Management and Budget through an outdated tweet she forgot to delete about Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
“No offense but this sounds like you’re high on your own supply,” Tanden tweeted to the Alaska Republican in 2017, after Murkowski tweeted help for the 2017 tax cuts. “You know, we know, and everyone knows this is all garbage. Just stop.”
“High on my own supply, that’s interesting should I ask her? My own supply of what?” Murkowski mentioned as Washington Post reporter Seung Min Kim confirmed her the tweet.
“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,” Murkowski mentioned.
Asked if the tweet affected her view of Tanden, Murkowski replied: “I used to be attempting to take a look at competence, however apparently I’m going to should do extra trying into what she thinks about me.
“You know, I urged to the White House that my colleagues have been being very important of the statements, and rightly so, I believe a few of them have been clearly excessive. It appears that on this world, we have form of gotten numb to derogatory tweets. I do not suppose that that’s, that is a mannequin that we need to set for anyone, whether or not it is a nominee, whether or not it is a president, or whether or not it is a senator — so I’d like us all to chill that,” she continued.
Murkowski said the White House had offered to make Tanden available for a sit-down.
Confirmation prospects for Tanden, President Biden’s embattled OMB nominee, are hanging by a thread due to her record of divisive remarks after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced he would not vote to confirm Tanden, a longtime Democrat policy advisor and president of the Center for American Progress.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and Budget Committees postponed planned business meetings Wednesday where they were supposed to vote on Tanden, throwing her confirmation further into doubt by the cancellation of the two committee votes.
Without Manchin’s vote, the White House would need to court at least one Republican vote to push through Tanden. Sens. Susan Collins, Maine, Mitt Romney, Utah, Rob Portman, Ohio, and Shelley Capito, W.Va., have all signaled to the White House to look elsewhere. Murkowski is the only Republican to leave the door open on Tanden.
Even if Murkowski did conform to vote for Tanden, Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., haven’t but mentioned how they’ll vote. Sinema is thought for bucking her celebration on some issues, and Sanders was a frequent punching bag for Tanden when she labored as a coverage adviser for Hillary Clinton.