NEERA Tanden’s nomination for Office of Management and Budget director has been withdrawn following controversy over her tweets.
President Joe Biden said in a statement that Tanden requested to no longer be considered but that he would find another position for her.
Who is Neera Tanden?
Tanden is head of the left-leaning Center for American Progress and a former adviser to Hillary Clinton.
The 50-year-old was born in Bedford, Massachusetts to parents to migrated from India.
She obtained a BA from UCLA and then went onto Yale Law School.
Tanden acted as a senior advisor for health reform in the U.S Department of Health and Human Services during which time she worked on Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
She also worked as Domestic Policy Director during the Obama-Biden administration, as well as working with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and in her office as a Legislative Director.
President Biden’s nomination for budget chief had taken to social media to slam her political opponents in a series of posts, including one branding Senator Susan Collins, “the worst”.
She quietly began deleting at least 1,000 tweets, targeting Republicans and Bernie Sanders-supporting Democrats, in November 2020.
She needed 51 votes in order to be confirmed but Sen. Joe Manchin announced he would not be voting for Tanden .
That meant the White House needed a Republican Senator to back her confirmation.
Republican Senators Mitt Romney and Susan Collins both announced last month that they would not vote to confirm Tanden.
When did Neera Tanden and Benjamin Edwards get married?
Tanden and her husband Benjamin Edwards got married in 1999 but they were couple for a decade before that.
Edwards is a professional artist and according to his website, his pieces have been displayed in galleries across the world.
Tanden explained in a 2012 interview with CSPAN, that she met her future husband when they were both freshman students at UCLA in 1988.
Edwards proposed to Tanden when they were 19 years old.
They both volunteered to work for the Presidential campaign of Democrat Michael Dukakis who eventually lost to President George H.W. Bush.
Do Neera Tanden and Benjamin Edwards have children?
The couple have two children, a daughter and a son and currently live in Washington D.C.
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