President Joe Biden faces his first major defeat in the Senate as his nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget Neera Tanden meets Democrat opposition.
Sen. Joe Manchin, (D-WV) announced Friday afternoon that he would oppose Tanden’s confirmation.
“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,” he said in a statement.
The news broke while Biden was traveling to Michigan on Air Force One to visit a Pfizer vaccine manufacturing plant.
When reporters asked Biden as he exited Air Force One if he would pull the Tanden nomination, he replied, “No.”