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Biden OMB nominee apologizes after being called out for her tweets maligning Republican lawmakers

Neera Tanden is President Joe Biden’s pick for heading up the Office of Management and Budget, and she is currently going through confirmation hearings in the Senate.

But Tanden was confronted Tuesday over tweets — many of which she deleted following the presidential election — where she made derogatory statements about some of the very lawmakers who will be voting on whether she is fit to serve in the Cabinet position she seeks.

What are the details?

Republican Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio), who also served as OMB director under George W. Bush, told Tanden during his questioning at the Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing, “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 and division in our public life, and in your case I’m concerned that your personal attacks about specific senators will make it more difficult for you to work with them.”

Portman went on to call out specific statements Tanden has made, reminding the nominee:

“You wrote that [Sen.] Susan Collins (R-Maine) is ‘the worst,’ that [Sen.] Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is a ‘fraud,’ that ‘vampires have more heart’ than [Sen.] Ted Cruz (R-Texas). You called [Senate Minority] Leader [Mitch] McConnell (R-Ky.) ‘Moscow Mitch,’ and ‘Voldemort,’ and on and on.”

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Tanden offered up an apology, saying, “For those concerned about my rhetoric and my language, you know, I’m sorry and I’m sorry for any hurt that they’ve caused.”

She also promised she is committed to working “in a bipartisan and nonpartisan manner,” saying, “It’s upon me to prove that to this committee and to members.”

NBC News reported that “Tanden also admitted to spending ‘many months’ removing past Twitter posts, saying, ‘I deleted tweets because I regretted them.’ But she refused to say she did so to help her nomination.”

Anything else?

Fox News noted that it is not just GOP lawmakers Tanden has insulted in the recent past, pointing to a spat she had with far-left Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the Democratic presidential primary in which he was a candidate.

The outlet reported:

Sanders wrote a fiery letter to the Center for American Progress, which Tanden led, accusing her of “maligning my staff and supporters and belittling progressive ideas.” The Vermont senator, a self-described democratic socialist, also criticized a video by ThinkProgress, a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, which accused him of changing his rhetoric on wealthy Americans after he became a millionaire in 2016.

Sanders now chairs the Senate Budget Committee, which will host Tanden for a confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

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Republicans are seething over Biden’s OMB pick — Sen. Cornyn’s spokesman says there’s ‘zero chance’ she’ll be confirmed

The communications director for Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Sunday there is “zero chance” that former Vice President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Office of Budget and Management will be confirmed by the Senate in the coming year.

What are the details?

Drew Brandewie responded to a tweet announcing that Biden had selected Neera Tanden for the post by alleging that Tanden, who runs the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, has made too many Republican enemies to be approved.

“Neera Tanden, who has an endless stream of disparaging comments about the Republican Senators’ whose votes she’ll need, stands zero chance of being confirmed,” he wrote on Twitter.

Brandewie’s complaint was in line with negative responses from several other prominent Republicans in Washington.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) called Tanden a “partisan hack” while former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) characterized her selection for the OMB as a “sacrifice to the confirmation gods.”

“Neera Tanden is a big-government, big-spending radical liberal who’s a terrible choice for OMB Director,” tweeted Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla). “It’s just more proof that [Joe Biden] and the Democrats will continue to move further and further to the Left.”

Aside from her role at an influential liberal think tank, at issue for many Republicans was Tanden’s vocal opposition to the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, CNN reported. Tanden did, as Brandewie alleged, call out many Republicans over their support for Kavanaugh, some of them by name.

After news of her selection, the left-wing news outlet asked, “Is this Joe Biden pick already doomed?”

Anything else?

It appears Tanden knows she’d be fighting an uphill battle to get confirmed. Over the weekend, she was caught furiously deleting past tweets about Republican senators that would likely raise eyebrows during the process.

In one deleted tweet, she said “the mask is off” before calling Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) a “terrible person.”

Of course, Brandewie’s assertion will likely only prove true if Republicans are able to maintain their majority in the Senate. Right now Republicans hold 50 seats in the chamber while Democrats hold 46, with two Independent legislators, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who caucus with the Democrats.

The GOP’s tenuous 50-48 lead makes the two forthcoming runoff elections in Georgia that much more important as the Senate is responsible for confirming important positions like the one Tanden is hoping to land. The vice president is responsible for breaking ties in the chamber.

If Republicans are able to win at least one of the seats, they would theoretically have the numbers to block controversial appointees. If Democrats win both of the seats, they will have the numbers to push appointees through with little resistance.