Indian-American nominee Neera Tanden requests withdrawal of nomination, Biden follows through

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President Joe Biden has withdrawn the nomination of Neera Tanden as director of the Office of Management and Budget following controversy over tweets she had posted during the Trump administration.

“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 released evening of March 2, 2021.

“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. She will bring valuable perspective and insight to our work,” Biden added.

His acceptance followed a letter from Tanden who called it an ‘honor of a lifetime’ to be nominated for the important office, and “for the fairth placed in me.”

“I appreciate how hard you and your team at the White House has worked to win my confirmation,” Tanden acknowledged in her letter. “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,” she added.

Her nomination was opposed by a critical few Democratic senators making it impossible to achieve the required number of votes for confirmation.

Tanden is the president and CEO of the progressive think tank, Center for American Progress. She was one of the most outspoken critics of the Trump administration.

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