Neera Tanden joins White House staff after OMB nomination derailed

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President Biden has tapped Neera Tanden to serve as a senior adviser after withdrawing her nomination to serve as White House budget director in March. 

In her new role, Tanden is expected to focus on potential changes to the Affordable Care Act if the Supreme Court strikes it down, according to CNN, which broke news of the appointment. 

Tanden was slated to head the Office of Management and Budget before facing backlash over controversial tweets insulting Republican senators made during her time at the Center for American Progress reemerged during the confirmation process, derailing her odds of obtaining the position, with at least one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) pulling his support due to her comments. 

Tanden deleted a sizable number of tweets after she was nominated for the OMB position, but social media posts likening Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to Harry Potter villain Voldamort, alleging Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was getting “high on her own supply” and stated that ”vampires have more heart than Ted Cruz” ultimately proved to be her downfall in obtaining the role. 

Following the withdrawal of her nomination, the White House indicated that she would  be appointed to an administration role that doesn’t require Senate confirmation.

Center for American Progress founder and longtime Clinton-adviser John Podesta praised the Biden administration’s decision to bring her on board. 

“Neera’s intellect, tenacity, and political savvy will be an asset to the Biden administration as she assumes a new role as senior adviser to the president. While we will be sorry to lose her considerable policy expertise and leadership at the Center for American Progress—an organization which we founded together in 2003—I am exceptionally thrilled to see her step into a new position serving this White House and the American people,” he said in a statement. 

Biden has not yet nominated another choice to to lead OMB, but Deputy Director Shalanda Young is viewed as the likely candidate, 

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