Republican lawmakers are focused on questions about her critical comments about them
Nira Tanden, President Joe Biden’s nominee to head OMB, the Office of Management and Budget, is appearing at hearings this week before two Senate committees that must approve her nomination before it can be voted on by the full Senate.
Tanden speaks at a hearing Tuesday before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Wednesday before the Budget Committee.
Tanden, 50, currently heads the think tank Center for American Progress. When Biden nominated her in November, Republicans recalled her harsh comments on Twitter about several members of their party, including Mitch McConnell and Susan Collins.
However, since Democrats hold 50 of the 100 seats in the Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the deciding vote, Tanden will probably be able to get the number of votes needed for confirmation even if all Republicans vote against her.
In the prepared text of his speech, Tanden notes: “I am aware that the role of head of the Office of Management and Budget involves a bipartisan approach and a nonpartisan commitment to facts and evidence.”
Tanden previously worked in President Bill Clinton’s administration and was also involved in the development of former President Barack Obama’s “Obamacare.”
If confirmed, she would become the first woman to head the Office of Management and Budget.