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Biden’s First Failed Nomination

(Neera Tanden by Lexey Swall for The New York Times)

Joe Biden’s nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget(OMB) has officially dropped out of the nomination process, making this Biden’s first failed nomination. Neera Tanden has faced criticism not only from the Republican Party but the Democratic Party too after she made complaints about lawmakers via Twitter. 

Neera Tanden is the president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, and the CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. She has previously worked for the Obama and Clinton administrations, along with presidential campaigns. She was the senior advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services, playing an integral role in crafting the Affordable Care Act during the Obama administration. Under Clinton, Neera Tanden was the White House associate director for domestic policy and as a domestic policy advisor for former First Lady, Hilary Clinton. This experience would make her an ideal candidate for the OMB, but her tweets stood in the way.

Tanden, however, did try to delete her tweets days after the 2020 election, not knowing that her tweets were far from gone. Her tweets started to resurface when her name was brought up for being one of Biden’s possible nominations, ruining her chance to become the lead of the Office of Management and Budget. Senator John Cornyn was one of the lawmakers who criticized President Biden for his pick, saying that Tanden was “his worst nominee so far”

Now, this is not the first time that a president has had to pick another nomination. There have been 27 times that a US President was unsuccessful with a Cabinet nominee, according to the US Senate. Eight of which have occurred since the beginning of the 2000s. A prime example is when President Clinton wanted to nominate Zoe E. Baird for Attorney General. Baird’s nomination was withdrawn after word came out that she hired a Peruvian couple without proper immigration work to watch her children and failed to pay taxes on the couple. With Baird out, Clinton picked Janet Wood Reno to be his Attorney General.

Currently, Biden is still looking for his nomination for the Office of Management and Budget. A couple of possibilities includes Shalanda Young, Ann O’Leary, Gene Sperling, Chris Lu, Nani Coloretti and Sonal Shah. 

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