Democrats ask Biden to give up sole authority to launch nuclear strikes

Sen. Susan Collins a Republican from Maine and Neera Tanden the nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget

Sen. Susan Collins a Republican from Maine and Neera Tanden the nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget

Overall, the administration has engaged in outreach to 28 targeted Senate offices on Tanden's nomination since Friday.

Sperling - along with Bruce Reed, now the White House deputy chief of staff - was considered to lead OMB during the transition.

"We'll continue to work in supporting her nomination", she said, adding, "President nominated her because he believes she'd be a stellar OMB Director".

On her Twitter profile, Tanden describes herself as, "President of @amprog-Center for American Progress, liberal, Indian American, feminist, mom, wife".

"I deeply regret and apologize for my language - some of my past language", she said. But it's hard to see how she would have an incentive to rescue an already deeply embattled Democratic Cabinet nominee, especially with her own reelection race looming next year.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said Monday she will not support President Biden's nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget. Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, often a potential swing vote, has not indicated how she plans to vote.

Given that the Senate is evenly split and Manchin is opposed, Tanden would need to gain at least one Republican vote to win confirmation.

In addition to contacting Senate offices, groups have flooded social media using hashtags, such as #IStandWithNeera.

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Manchin's position is all the more damning considering he voted to confirm several of Trump's cabinet nominees who were grossly unqualified, racist, and ignorant. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) "everything but an ignorant slut", invoking a decades-old "Saturday Night Live" sexist slur that the show has used satirically. This time, Democrats and Republicans have 50 members each in the Senate, but because any tie-breaking votes will be cast by Vice-president Kamala Harris, Democrats have a majority in the Senate. Another top Republican, Utah's Mitt Romney, also said Monday he would not support Tanden. "It's becoming apparent this higher standard applies primarily to nominees of color and it particularly hurts with historic nominations like Neera's". That means the White House can't afford to lose another Democratic vote, and one key centrist Democrat, Arizona Sen.

At her confirmation hearing, Tanden faced questions about tweets she's sent in recent years in which she criticized Republican lawmakers.

A military aid carries a suitcase with nuclear codes while accompanying President Barack Obama to Marine One of the South Lawn of the White House on May 21, 2016 in Washington. A transition official acknowledged the effort, saying it had been ongoing since December. Tanden now serves as President of the Centre for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank.

Facing steep headwinds, President Joe Biden must make the calculation whether it's worth expending political capital to defend Tanden as he faces tough fights with a divided Congress on everything from his $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package to coming legislative packages on infrastructure and immigration. "Cabinet-level appointments are important and at the same time, in the words of over 100 members of Congress, close to equal is not equal".

If confirmed by the 100-member Senate, Ms Tanden would become the first person of colour to head the federal agency that prepares the annual budget of the United States government. "We're trying to get her in the door", the person said. "Republicans' argument: Biden seems willing to cut a deal but won't do so because of pressure from the people around him".

A USA military aide, left, carries the "President's emergency satchel", also know as "the football", with the nuclear launch codes, as President Donald Trump walks to board Marine One, Jan. 12, 2021.

The senator said she hasn't spoken to Tanden but has been lobbied by White House staff and the case they've made is "that the president nominated her".

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