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.
The idea that only CEO contributes to a company's growth and not all employees is really pernicious https://t.co/2d9xgU0IHJ
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) August 27, 2016
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.
My daughter has a severe nut allergy and has to use at least
1 or 2 EpiPens a year to save her life.
She had to go to the emergency room this December because the Epipen didn’t work.
— KID VICIOUS🔪 (@kirkacevedo) February 24, 2021
THIS plus Manchin opposition seems made up-Neera Tanden spoke out against Manchin's daughter, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, for her EpiPen price hike that got Bresch $19 million-and it's hardly the first time Manchin has used his position to cover for her. 👇🏻https://t.co/RKNqAg5Ikr https://t.co/kNgiEJ2L6G pic.twitter.com/UYy0lPZImK
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 24, 2021
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.
Joe Manchin's daughter made $9150.00 an hour. He thinks paying people $15 an hour is too much. She retired last year.
— Hoodlum 🇺🇸 (@NotHoodlum) February 24, 2021