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Schumer Trying to Drum Up Votes for Biden’s Pick to Head Budget Office

The Senate’s top Democrat on Sunday said he is attempting to secure enough votes to approve a controversial President Joe Biden nominee. Biden picked Neera Tanden to head the White House Office of Management and Budget, but Republicans oppose the nomination. They were joined recently by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), putting the nomination in peril. “I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden’s public statements and tweets that were personally directed toward my colleagues on both sides of the aisle,” Manchin said Friday, adding: “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.” The Senate is currently divided in half, with 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats or nominal independents who caucus with the left. Nominations require a simple majority. Vice President Kamala Harris can break ties in her …

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