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Manchin’s Real Reason For Not Confirming Neera Tanden? His Daughter

In August 2016, Neera Tanden tweeted a screengrab of an article about Heather Bresch, the CEO of pharmaceutical company Mylan, the makers of the EpiPen. The paragraph focused on a significant rise in her pay, which the board had justified thanks to her “contributions” to the company. Tanden wrote in her quote tweet: “The idea that only CEO contributes to a company’s growth and not all employees is really pernicious.”

That tweet has come back to haunt Tanden, President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), because Heather Bresch’s father just happens to be Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Manchin was fine when he was tasked with confirming troublesome men with dubious records such as Brett Kavanaugh, Jeff Sessions, and Richard Grenell. But apparently, Manchin draws the line at a quote tweet of a screenshot from the New York Times in 2016 about his daughter, and Twitter is appropriately dragging him for holding up the vote over nepotism.

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 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 responds to sexism charges after opposing Neera Tanden's  confirmation

 

 

 

Manchin said in a statement, “I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden’s public statements and tweets that were personally directed towards my colleagues on both sides of the aisle from Senator Sanders to Senator McConnell and others.

“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.”

Twitter decided to remind Manchin about toxicity.

The White House has stood by Tanden, with Press Secretary Jen Psaki having defended Tanden and described her as an “accomplished policy expert.” President Joe Biden also previously said he thought they would be able to get enough votes to have her confirmed.

 



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