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[BREAKING] Manchin Says He’ll Block Neera Tanden’s OMB Nomination

[BREAKING] Manchin Says He’ll Block Neera Tanden’s OMB Nomination

It’s anyone’s guess as to why Senator Joe Manchin calls himself a Democrat when he almost never votes along with the party’s basic principles. With his state leaning mostly red, Manchin has to walk a fine line of pleasing his constituents and voting to pass just enough bills to stay in the party. But with his latest move, Democrats may want to coax Al Franken out of retirement and ask him to relocate to West Virginia to take over Manchin’s seat.

Manchin announced on Friday that he would not vote to confirm Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden’s nominee to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), based on some comments she made on her personal Twitter account. Manchin said 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 the OMB. Tanden had tweeted criticisms of Republicans like Mitch McConnell as well as Independent Senator Bernie Sanders.

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 16: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) questions Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, during his testimony before an oversight hearing to examine the Federal Communications Commission spectrum auctions program for the fiscal year 2021 on June 16, 2020, in Washington, DC. The hearing was held by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. (Photo by Toni Sandys-Pool/Getty Images)

Manchin’s decision received plenty of criticism, as it puts Tanden’s future in the Biden Administration at risk. Even with Vice President Kamala Harris voting, the Democrats wouldn’t get the majority they would need for confirmation. Unless a Republican Senator comes forward to support Tanden, it’s unlikely she would be confirmed for the job.

“As I have said before, we must take meaningful steps to end the political division and dysfunction that pervades our politics. At a time of grave crisis, it is more important than ever that we chart a new bipartisan course that helps address the many serious challenges facing our nation,” Manchin said.

Twitter users were caught off guard by the decision, even with Manchin’s terrible track record, but were quick to point out the Republican-like hypocrisy of his statement.

 

However, some are remaining hopeful that impeachment signaled that perhaps some Republicans are willing to cross the aisle for the greater good.

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