President Biden brought in Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser after he withdrew her appointment as White House budget director in March.
In his new role, Tanden is expected to focus on potential changes to the affordable care law if the Supreme Court overturns it, according to CNN, which broke the news of the appointment.
Tanden was expected to lead the Office of Management and Budget before facing backlash to controversial tweets insulting Republican senators made during his time at the Center for American Progress reappeared during the confirmation process, derailing his chances of ‘get the post, with at least one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.V.) is withdrawing his support because of his comments.
Tanden deleted a significant number of tweets after being nominated for the OMB post, but social media posts comparing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) To Harry Potter villain Voldamort, alleging that Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was getting “high on her own supply” and said that “vampires have more hearts than Ted Cruz” ultimately turned out to be her downfall in getting the role.
After her appointment was withdrawn, the White House said she would be appointed to an administrative post that does not require Senate confirmation.
Center for American Progress founder and longtime Clinton adviser John Podesta praised the Biden administration’s decision to bring him on board.
“Neera’s intellect, tenacity and political acumen will be an asset to the Biden administration as she takes on a new role as the president’s senior advisor. While we are sorry to lose her considerable political expertise and leadership at the Center for American Progress – an organization we founded together in 2003 – I am exceptionally delighted to see her take on a new position of service to this White House and to the people. American, ”he said in a statement.
Biden has yet to name any other choice to lead the OMB, but Deputy Director Shalanda Young is seen as the likely candidate,