Neera Tanden who was pitched to be White House budget director will not longer be in the race. This is after Biden administration saw pushback from key senators. Analysts are calling this a ‘cabinet defeat’ for the newly elected U.S. president.
Her nomination, which made big headlines in India, was struck down as criticism emerged about her social media comments in which she disparaged lawmakers, including some who would have been charged with voting on her confirmation.
Neera Tanden submitted her withdrawal as shown below.
Neera Tanden's letter officially withdrawing her nomination. pic.twitter.com/U8Hpcb0OSB
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“I have accepted Neera Tanden’s request to withdraw her name from nomination for Director of the Office of Management and Budget,” Biden said in a statement.
“I have the utmost respect for her record of accomplishment, her experience and her counsel, and I look forward to having her serve in a role in my administration.”
Neera Tanden currently leads a think tank, and she nominated was criticised by many on both Republican and Democrat sides.
“Unfortunately, it now seems clear that there is no path forward to gain confirmation, and I do not want continued consideration of my nomination to be a distraction from your other priorities,” Tanden, 50, wrote Biden in a letter withdrawing her nomination.
Joe Biden Withdraws Nomination of Indian-American Neera Tanden for Budget Chief
When she was nominated, Tanden had said, “After my parents were divorced when I was young, my mother relied on public food and housing programs to get by. Now, I’m being nominated to help ensure those programs are secure, and ensure families like mine can live with dignity. I am beyond honored.”