WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Republican Senator Susan Collins said on Monday she would vote against Democratic Office of Management and Budget (OMB) candidate Neera Tanden, jeopardizing her inauguration.
“Neera Tanden has neither the experience nor the character to lead this very important agency. Her past actions have revealed exactly the kind of hostilities that President (Joe) Biden is committed to overcoming,” Collins said in a statement. .
“The OMB needs stable, experienced and responsive leadership. I will vote against inaugurating Ms. Tanden.”
Collins’ rejection comes after Democratic Senator Joe Manchin announced on Friday that he would not vote for Tanden, calling into question his inauguration in a 50% divided chamber.
Tanden has been criticized by Republicans and some Democrats for certain comments on social media.
It would take at least one Republican vote to secure her appointment as WBO chair, if all other Democrats support her, as they control 50 seats in the chamber and Vice President Kamala Harris may break a possible tie.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal. Written by Susan Heavey; edited in Spanish by Flora Gómez and Javier Leira)