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Republicans seize on Biden's domestic policy nominees as Tanden nomination in limbo

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 30: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) asks a question to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to discuss the Trump administration???s FY 2021 budget request for the State Department on July 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)

The pressure is mounting for Democrats to remain united on nominees moving through the Senate, as Republicans signal a growing resistance to backing some of President Joe Biden's picks for key domestic policy posts.

(CNN)The pressure is mounting for Democrats to remain united on nominees moving through the Senate, as Republicans signal a growing resistance to backing some of President Joe Biden's picks for key domestic policy posts.

With Neera Tanden's nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget hanging by a thread since Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat from West Virginia, announced his opposition, many Republicans believe they have more leverage than ever to potentially sink some of Biden's nominees or at the very least use the next several weeks to draw out stark policy differences between the two parties on energy, health care and abortion.

"I think this is where our Republican colleagues highlight their ideological issues and they diverge more here than on more of the foreign policy issues," said Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey.

"Broadly speaking over the brief decade I have been here, the national security nominees -- whether it is Secretary of Defense or the Attorney General -- get a greater degree of deference because there is more of a bipartisan sense of the urgency of allowing a president to choose their own nominee than do the domestic policy ones," said Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware.

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