The nomination of Neera Tanden to head the White House Office of Management and Budget was thrown in doubt on Friday as Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia became the first Democratic lawmaker to oppose her confirmation.
During her confirmation hearings, Tanden apologized for spending years attacking top Republicans on social media.
She is a former adviser to Hillary Clinton and served as president of the liberal Center for American Progress.
With the Senate evenly divided between 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats, she’ll likely need support from at least one Republican to win 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,” Manchin said in a statement.
He went on to say that “it is more important than ever that we chart a new bipartisan course that helps address the many serious challenges facing our nation.”
It’s the first real test that Biden has faced on a nomination, with most of his picks for Cabinet positions sailing through the Senate.
Tanden has also disparaged some liberals on social media, most notably Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
The White House said Friday it was sticking with Tanden.
“Neera Tanden is an accomplished policy expert who would be an excellent Budget Director and we look forward to the committee votes next week and to continuing to work toward her confirmation through engagement with both parties,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
The Senate Budget Committee is scheduled to vote on her nomination next week.
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