US President Joe Biden’s nomination of Indian-American Neera Tanden to head the White House Office of Management of Budget (OMB) is in jeopardy. Three Republican senators as well as at least one Democratic senator have said they will vote against Tanden due to her past social media behaviour.
Tanden, who would have been the first woman of colour to head the White House OMB, reportedly deleted more than 1,000 tweets before her confirmation process started. She had apologised to senators during her confirmation hearings earlier this month.
Republican Senators Rob Portman, Susan Collins and Mitt Romney have all said that they will vote against the 50-year-old Tanden with Democratic Senator Joe Manchin also announcing the same.
Democrats hold the Senate by a 50-50 margin, which means that Manchin's decision will be devastating for her chances.
OMB serves the President of the United States in overseeing the implementation of his vision across the executive branch.
Meanwhile, Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) have sent a letter to all 100 members of the Senate urging them to support Tanden's confirmation.