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Tanden's nomination hangs by a thread as Democrats have yet to abandon her

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Senate Democrats and the White House are not yet abandoning the nomination of Neera Tanden to serve as President Joe Biden's budget director -- even though her confirmation hinges on the backing of two moderate senators who have yet to declare their intentions.

(CNN)Senate Democrats and the White House are not yet abandoning the nomination of Neera Tanden to serve as President Joe Biden's budget director -- even though her confirmation hinges on the backing of two moderate senators who have yet to declare their intentions.

At a lunch on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he hopes Republicans would stay unified against Tanden, whom they view as too partisan to lead the White House's Office of Management and Budget, even as they have backed ideologically driven nominees to lead the office in the Trump administration.

Psaki told CNN's Kaitlan Collins in the briefing that it is the White House's expectation that Tanden will still be the nominee on Wednesday when the two Senate committees vote on her confirmation.

Psaki said the White House was also making calls on behalf of Tanden, but did not say whether Biden had personally called senators.

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