The Senate Budget Committee continues to evaluate President Biden’s nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Neera Tanden. Viewed as one of Biden’s most controversial selections, Tanden’s nomination is haunted by her previous vile rhetoric toward Republican lawmakers.
Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), whom Tanden has also attacked, took note of her past rhetoric.
“Your attacks were not just made against Republicans,” Sanders told Tanden in the committee’s hearing. “There were vicious attacks against progressives, people who I have worked with — me personally.”
.@BernieSanders to @neeratanden: “Your attacks were not just made against Republicans. There were vicious attacks made against progressives, people who I have worked with — me personally… Can you reflect a little bit about some of your decisions…?” pic.twitter.com/EY1uFpETLg— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) February 10, 2021
Tanden said that if she is confirmed to this prestigious, high-level position in the Biden administration, she will refrain from personal attacks.
OK! @NeeraTanden has a long history of engaging in personal attacks, but she says that, if she is confirmed to run the Office of Management and Budget, “my approach will be radically different.” pic.twitter.com/K5wo8PkeZr— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) February 10, 2021
Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) also took note of Tanden’s past remarks, coming to the defense of Sen. Sanders and other lawmakers:
CLIP: Exchange between Senator Kennedy and OMB nominee Neera Tanden.@SenJohnKennedy: "You called Senator Sanders everything but an 'ignorant slut.'"— CSPAN (@cspan) February 10, 2021
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