Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden’s nominee for Director of the Office of Administration and Budget (OMB), attends a hearing with the Senate Committee on Budget on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 10, 2021.
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President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he was withdrawing Neera Tanden’s appointment as head of household at her request. It did so after more than a week of signs that Tanden was not going to win Senate approval.
Biden also said that he expected Tanden, who was in charge of the bureau’s director of administration and budget, to take on another “role in my administration” but would not figure out what that might be.
Tanden’s withdrawal is the first time that a candidate in the Biden cabinet does not receive the approval of the Senate or does not even come to the vote.
In a letter to Biden, Tanden said, “I appreciate how hard you and your team at the White House worked to win my endorsement.”
“Unfortunately, it now seems clear that there is no way forward to get confirmation, and I don’t want the continued consideration of my nomination to be a distraction from your other priorities,” Tanden wrote.
She also wrote that it was “a lifetime honor to be considered” for the post of head of household.
In a statement released by the White House, Biden said of Tanden: “I have the greatest respect for her accomplishments, experience and advice, and look forward to her playing a role in my administration.”
“It will bring valuable perspectives and insights into our work,” said the President.
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