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Key GOP senator says she won't support Tanden's OMB confirmation

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Republican Sen. Susan Collins will vote against the nomination of Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget, dealing another blow to her chances of being confirmed after Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced his opposition last week.

Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Susan Collins will vote against the nomination of Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget, dealing another blow to her chances of being confirmed after Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced his opposition last week.

Collins, a moderate from Maine, was seen as a potential Republican vote following Manchin's decision not to support Tanden.

She cited Tanden's past criticisms of her Senate colleagues on social media for her decision and said the OMB nominee does not have the "experience nor the temperament" to lead the office.

Collins continued that Tanden's deletion of tweets before her confirmation was announced "raises concerns about her commitment to transparency. "

Manchin also said he would vote against Tanden because of her past criticisms on social media about Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday he is working with President Joe Biden to gather support to confirm Tandem.

The President has said he does not intend to pull Tanden's nomination and that he believes they will find the votes to get her confirmed.

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