Neera Tanden withdraws name from consideration as budget director

WASHINGTON — Neera Tanden withdrew her name from nomination as director of the Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday. Tanden was facing bipartisan opposition from senators due to past comments she made on her Twitter feed.

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Tanden is the first Cabinet nominee of President Joe Biden not to be confirmed.

In a statement, Biden said Tanden requested to withdraw her name from consideration.

“I have accepted Neera Tanden’s request to withdraw her name from nomination for Director of the Office of Management and Budget,” Biden said. “I have the utmost respect for her record of accomplishment, her experience and her counsel, and I look forward to having her serve in a role in my Administration. She will bring valuable perspective and insight to our work.”

In her letter to Biden, Tanden said it was the “honor of a lifetime” to be considered for the role.

“I appreciate how hard you and your team at the White House has worked to win my confirmation,” Tanden wrote. “Unfortunately, it now seems clear that there is no path forward to gain confirmation, and I do not want continued consideration of my nomination to be a distraction from your other priorities.”

Tanden was a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She had drawn bipartisan criticism for social media posts that criticized lawmakers in both parties and for her work at a liberal think tank, The New York Times reported.

While Tanden apologized for her online comments, it was clear that she was not receiving the support she needed for the nomination.

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