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is Joe Manchin canceling Neera Tanden a personal gripe or a test of Biden's bipartisanship

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Returning to normal shouldn’t mean returning to gridlock.

The West Virginia senator announced on Friday that he intends to vote against Neera Tanden, President Biden’s pick to head the Office of Management and Budget. In a statement, Manchin said that Tanden’s “overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress and the next director” of OMB. The decision by the West Virginia Democrat imperils Tanden’s nomination due to the party divide in the US Senate, according to reports.

Why it matters: Manchin’s opposition seriously imperils Tanden’s nomination, as she will now need at least one Republican vote to be confirmed.

  • Tanden has drawn fire from Republicans and Democrats for her combative posture on Twitter, where she has engaged in late-night feuds, slashing her opponent and defending her positions.
  • “I believe her overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress and the next director of the Office of Management and Budget,” Manchin said.
  • This marks the first time a Senate Democrat has announced opposition to a Biden Cabinet nominee.

The big picture: Tanden adopted an apologetic tone in two Senate committee hearings last week, where she apologized for some of her comments.

  • Democrats felt optimistic that Tanden’s conciliatory approach would carry her across the line and that she would be voted out of committee next week.

What we’re watching: Many Republicans haven’t announced their position on Tanden, but if one of them decides to support her, her prospects to lead OMB will be given new life.

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