Neera Tanden, Presumed Joe Biden’s Budget Chief

October 24, 2021

Neera Tanden Budget Chief

Neera Tanden presumed Budget Chief, was born on September 10, 1970, is an American political consultant and government official. Tanden has notably worked on several Democratic presidential campaigns, including those of Michael Dukakis in 1998, Bill Clinton in 1992, and Barak Obama in 2008.

Neera Tanden was serving as a senior staffer to Hillary Clinton during her 2000 election to a United States Senate seat in New York and during Clinton’s tenure as a Senator. Tanden advised Clinton during her run for the 2008 Democratic nomination and later helped her defeat Bernie Sanders to win the nominations in 2016 and run against Donald Trump in the 2016 general election.

In her government service with Barak Obama’s administration, Tanden helped draft the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Neera Tanden budget chief nomination withdrawn

President Joe Biden withdrew the nomination of Neera Tanden as his budget chief at her request, earlier this year (2021). A move that came after signs she would fail to win Senate confirmation because of her past critical tweets about lawmakers.

President Biden said that he was expecting Tanden, whom he had tapped to be the director of the Office of Management and budget, to land another role in Biden’s administration but the president did not identify what the job might be.

Tanden’s nomination was in doubt after three senators- Joe Manchin, a Democrat, and Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Maine Republican Susan Collins. They said they would vote against her because of her history criticizing lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle.

The criticism was archived in more than 1,000 tweets that Tanden reportedly deleted before the confirmation process began.

During her confirmation hearings, Tanden said, “I know there have been some concerns about some of my past language on social media, I regret that language and take responsibility for it.”

Tanden is broadly popular among senior White House officials, who site her life experience and long record in key policy-making positions. She has been repeatedly strongly backed by president Biden himself.

Could she be more powerful now?

Tanden will now become a senior advisor to president Joe Biden’s Administration as she apologized for her past tweets.

Tanden, a leading progressive policy expert and an aide in two previous administrations will be responsible for preparing for different contingencies that could result from the Supreme Court’s consideration of Republican lawsuits seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

She will also launch a review of the United States Digital Service, which the White House says has a crucial mission of making government accessible to the American people online. Tanden’s new role does not require confirmation by the Senate.

John Podesta, founder and director of Centre for American Progress, a progressive think tank for which Tanden was previously president and CEO, praised the appointment for this new role

Some senior administration officials including Vice President Harris; White House counselor Steve Ricchetti and Reema Dodin are also among those who are viewed as loyal to Tanden and supportive of her continuing fight for her nomination.

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