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    Reuters March 1, 2021 0 Comments The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday is due to vote to advance Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee, paving the way for the U.S. Senate to vote to confirm him to the post. Garland has garnered support among both Democrats and Republicans, who cite his prior experience as a prosecutor and a judge. The timing of a full Senate vote on Garland’s nomination was not immediately clear. Garland would take the reins at the Justice Department at a time when it has been busy handling a sprawling investigation into the Jan. 6 riots, when supporters of former Republican President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol in a failed bid to stop Congress from certifying Biden’s election victory. He has also pledged to reinvigorate the Civil Rights Division, which critics say was decimated under Trump’s tenure, failing to police voting rights...
    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday is due to vote to advance Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's attorney general nominee, paving the way for the U.S. Senate to vote to confirm him to the post. Garland has garnered support among both Democrats and Republicans, who cite his prior experience as a prosecutor and a judge. The timing of a full Senate vote on Garland's nomination was not immediately clear. Garland would take the reins at the Justice Department at a time when it has been busy handling a sprawling investigation into the Jan. 6 riots, when supporters of former Republican President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol in a failed bid to stop Congress from certifying Biden's election victory. He has also pledged to reinvigorate the Civil Rights Division, which critics say was decimated under Trump's tenure, failing to police voting rights...
    New York : Laura Pausini. Photo: Rondene PR / Courtesy Tonight Laura Pausini screamed, jumped and celebrated, fulfilling the dream of winning her first Golden Globes for the moving theme ‘Io Si’. The Italian singer se took the award in the category ‘Best Original Song’ for the original theme for the Netflix movie ‘The Life Ahead’ starring Sofia Loren. From the recording studio, surrounded by her equipment and accompanied by her husband, Laura received the news virtually and, of course, began to jump with excitement. Something that she herself registered with her cell phone to share on social networks. “Every recognition that ‘Io Si’ receives is a great honor for me; I’m so excited. I remember the first time I heard the song when Diane sent it to me. I felt an immediate connection to the notes, felt a strong bond, and knew that something...
    Kate Hudson is causing a stir at the 2021 Golden Globe awards. The actress, 41, was nominated for best actress in a musical or comedy for her work in "Music" at the awards ceremony and the accolade has sparked backlash online. The film was also nominated for best motion picture in the musical or comedy category.  During the show's opening monologue, co-host Tina Fey joked Hudson's casting was the "most offensive casting since Kate Hudson was the Weight Watchers spokesperson." KATE HUDSON DEFENDS 'MUSIC' AMID BACKLASH AROUND PORTRAYAL OF AUTISTIC PEOPLE When the official Golden Globes Instagram account posted Hudson would also be presenting during Sunday night's show, followers reacted in the comments section. "This film should not be nominated," one person wrote. Both Kate Hudson and Sia received backlash for their movie 'Music' about an autistic teen.  (Getty Images) "No. this film is ableist and when called out for it,...
    Snapshots from Kaley Cuoco's Instagram story she uploaded on Saturday afternoon. Kaley Cuoco/Instagram Actress Kaley Cuoco was nominated for a Golden Globe for the first time this year. She posted an emotional Instagram story the day before the award ceremony.  Her husband Karl Cook, who was traveling for work, came home early to surprise her and celebrate. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Actress Kaley Cuoco has had an emotional run during the 2021 awards season so far. After bursting into tears upon learning she was nominated for her first-ever Golden Globe award, Cuoco once again found herself crying tears of happiness the day before the show.  On Saturday afternoon, Cuoco's husband Karl Cook surprised her by coming back to their shared home earlier than planned. Cuoco shared the happy news with her followers on her Instagram stories.  "Most of you know [Karl Cook] has been away...
    Multiple high-profile Democratic women have yet to publicly comment on sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo despite having fervently objected to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court over decades-old allegations of sexual harassment. As of Sunday afternoon, Vice President Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and two-time presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have released no statement on the claims made by two women who worked closely with Cuomo. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference before the opening of a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in the Queens borough of New York, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.  (AP) In September 2019, then-Sen. Harris reiterated her call to impeach Kavanaugh following a New York Times story that revived sexual misconduct allegations by multiple women that had dogged his nomination to the Supreme Court the year prior. During an appearance on MSNBC, Harris referred to...
    THE Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco cried as her husband, Karl Cook, surprised her to celebrate her Golden Globes nomination. The star needed some cheering up as she recently mourned the death of her dog. 13Kaley Cuoco revealed her husband had been able to make it back home for the Golden GlobesCredit: Instagram / @kaleycuoco 13He wasn't expected to come back home as he was away for a conferenceCredit: Instagram / @kaleycuoco 13She sobbed when he surprised herCredit: Instagram / @kaleycuoco Kaley, 35, took to Instagram stories on Saturday to show just how happy she was that her husband had taken a break from the annual Winter Equestrian Festival, which had him away for many weeks. She told her fans on social media: "Most of you know that Karl has been away at WEF for many many weeks and was not gonna be able to come back for the...
    (CNN)White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Sunday that the Biden administration will "keep fighting" for Neera Tanden's confirmation to lead the Office of Management and Budget despite her slim chances amid bipartisan resistance in the Senate."We remain committed to fighting our hearts out for Neera Tanden. We believe she is the right person, she's qualified, she's experienced to lead the budget department," Psaki told Fox News' Chris Wallace when asked when the Biden administration will pull the nomination. "So, we're going to keep fighting for her. We knew that some of these fights would be difficult and this is certainly one of them, but she's going to have a number of continued engagements this week and we are certainly hopeful we can get it across the finish line."Senior adviser to the President and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Cedric Richmond insisted Sunday that "at the...
    HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) – Here is a complete list of nominations for the 78th Golden Globe Awards, which will be presented Sunday night after 5 p.m. from Beverly Hills and New York: Motion Picture – Drama READ MORE: High School Sports Allowed To Resume As COVID-19 Case Rates Decline In California — “Mank” — “The Trial of the Chicago 7” — “The Father” — “Nomadland” — “Promising Young Woman” Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy — “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” — “Hamilton” — “Music” — “Palm Springs” — “The Prom” Actress in a Motion Picture Drama — Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” — Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” — Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman” — Frances McDormand, “Nomadland” — Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman.” Actor in a Motion Picture Drama — Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” — Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal” — Anthony Hopkins, “The Father” —...
    Much like in the motion picture categories, streaming services came out on top for the 2021 Golden Globe nominations. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney+ and HBO Max all nabbed nominations, while Showtime and HBO scored several nods as well. While the TV industry, like the film world, was rocked by the coronavirus pandemic, staples like "The Crown" and "Ozark" were able to make their mark on the small screen as relative newcomers including, "Ratched" and "Hunters," also earned nods. Here's a look back at the 2021 Golden Globe-nominated TV series: GOLDEN GLOBES 2021: WHAT TO KNOW "The Crown" For its fourth season, "The Crown" was able to nab a slew of nominations, including for the performances by the series' prominent women: Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth II), Emma Corrin (Princess Diana), Helena Bonham Carter (Princess Margaret) and Gillian Anderson (Margaret Thatcher). Josh O'Connor's performance as Prince Charles was also nominated. The icing on...
    A writer for the Netflix series "Emily In Paris" published an opinion piece Wednesday saying the British drama series "I May Destroy You" deserved a Golden Globe nomination over her own show and said she feels "rage" over the snub. Deborah Copaken published the piece in the Guardian, arguing that the snub of "I May Destroy You" highlighted Hollywood's failure to award deserving works from people of color. "Am I excited that Emily in Paris was nominated? Yes. Of course. I've never been remotely close to seeing a Golden Globe statue up close, let alone being nominated for one," Copaken wrote. "But that excitement is now unfortunately tempered by my rage over (Michaela) Coel's snub. That I May Destroy You did not get one Golden Globe nod is not only wrong, it's what is wrong with everything." Michaela Coel in "I May Destroy You." Natalie Seery/HBO "Emily In Paris," a...
    FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA - When Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso snapped at Deb Haaland during her confirmation hearing, many in Indian Country were incensed.   The exchange, coupled with descriptions of the Interior secretary nominee as “radical” — by other white, male Republicans — left some feeling Haaland is being treated differently because she is a Native American woman.  “If it was any other person, they would not be subjected to being held accountable for their ethnicity,” said Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, chairwoman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah in Massachusetts.  FILE - Senator John Barrasso, R-WY, listens to Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., during a confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill, Feb. 23, 2021.At Wednesday’s hearing, Barrasso wanted assurance that Haaland would follow the law when it comes to imperiled species. Before the congresswoman finished her response, Barrasso shouted, “I’m talking about the law!”  Barrasso, former chairman of Senate Indian Affairs...
    Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski will reportedly meet Monday with Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Murkowski seems to be the deciding factor for whether Tanden is ultimately confirmed by the Senate. Tanden needs one Republican to vote in favor of her confirmation, with the Senate split at 50-50, as Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he would oppose Tanden’s confirmation. Murkowski is the one Republican senator who has not yet decided how she will vote on Tanden’s confirmation. CNN first reported the two would be meeting. Nearly all Senate Republicans immediately came out in opposition to Tanden’s nomination when it was announced. Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney confirmed Tuesday that he will vote against Tanden’s confirmation, just one day after Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins announced that she will oppose Tanden’s confirmation. Neera Tanden, President Joe Bidens nominee for Director of the...
    Caroline Brehman/ZUMA Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.It took less than two weeks for Mitch McConnell to go from condemning Donald Trump’s role in the Capitol insurrection as a “disgraceful dereliction of duty” to voicing his unequivocal support for the twice-impeached former president should he win the Republican nomination in 2024. “The nominee of the party?” the Senate minority leader told Fox News on Thursday when asked if he’d back Trump. “Absolutely,”  McConnell’s full-throated commitment to a man he claimed to find “practically and morally responsible” for the deadly January 6 insurrection is further evidence of Trump’s hold among Republicans, despite rumblings of dissensions within the party. But the timing of McConnell’s latest comments is notable, as more and more Republicans surrender to the notion that Trump’s grasp will endure till...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Senate confirmation hearing is now underway for Dr. Rachel Levine, President Joe Biden's pick to serve as assistant health secretary, who would make history as the first out transgender federal official to be confirmed by the Senate.Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, the chair of the Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee, rebuked GOP Sen. Rand Paul, saying that he had made "harmful misrepresentations" after he appeared to equate gender confirmation surgery with "genital mutilation."Paul began his questioning by saying, "genital mutilation has been nearly universally condemned," and then went on to say, "Dr. Levine, do you believe that minors are capable of making such a life-changing decision as changing one's sex?"Levine responded by saying, "Transgender medicine is a very complex and nuanced field with robust research and standards of care that have been developed. If I am fortunate enough to be confirmed as the assistant secretary of...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Senate confirmation hearing is now underway for Dr. Rachel Levine, President Joe Biden's pick to serve as assistant health secretary, who would make history as the first out transgender federal official to be confirmed by the Senate.Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, the chair of the Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee, rebuked GOP Sen. Rand Paul, saying that he had made "harmful misrepresentations" after he appeared to equate gender confirmation surgery with "genital mutilation."Paul began his questioning by saying, "genital mutilation has been nearly universally condemned," and then went on to say, "Dr. Levine, do you believe that minors are capable of making such a life changing decision as changing one's sex?"Levine responded by saying, "Transgender medicine is a very complex and nuanced field with robust research and standards of care that have been developed. If I am fortunate enough to be confirmed as the assistant secretary...
    The White House is losing control of its own messaging over Neera Tanden's nomination to head the Office of Management and Budget as her confirmation by the full Senate seems more and more unlikely. Democrats have argued that Tanden's Twitter rhetoric, in which she sharply criticized Republican officials and even some Democrats, isn't any different from the online screeds of former President Donald Trump. But White House press secretary Jen Psaki has not sounded that message from the White House podium. Other than calling the nominee qualified and a beneficiary of government programs as a child that she would help oversee, team Biden has yet to explain fully why it is willingly taking so much bipartisan fire over this specific nominee and appearing so hellbent on sending what would be a politically damaged budget chief into such an important role. "When Neera Tanden testified just a few weeks ago, she...
    The 2021 Golden Globes are around the corner, so it's a good time to take a look at the films that were honored with nominations. Streaming services were the big winner this year in terms of nods, with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney+ and HBO Max all scoring nominations in various categories. With the bizarre film release schedule dictated by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the nominations left many puzzled this time around, but some nominations -- such as those for the late Chadwick Boseman -- came as no surprise. Here's a look back at the 2021 Golden Globe-nominated films: GOLDEN GLOBES 2021: WHAT TO KNOW "The Father" "The Father" is one of the year's most heavily nominated films, which makes sense as it stars two Hollywood heavyweights: Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman -- both of whom received nominations for their performances. The film also received a nomination...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Said Thursday that he would vote « absolutely » for former President Donald Trump if he became the 2024 Republican presidential nominee. “A lot will happen between now and the 24th. I have at least four members who I think are planning to run for president, plus some governors or others. It should be an open race, ”McConnell said during an appearance on Fox News. “The party’s nominee? Absolutely! » McConnell said when asked by Bret Baier of Fox News if he would back Trump if he wins the Republican nomination in 2024. Trump has yet to officially raise the possibility of a presidential race in 2024. However, he is expected to lay out his vision for the United States and give his assessment of the policies of the Biden administration during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference ( CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday,...
              The Senate and the House of Delegates passed HB 2020, a bill that, after it goes into effect in 2024, could effectively ban completely in-person nominating conventions like the one the Republican Party of Virginia is planning to hold this year. On Tuesday, the Senate passed their version of the bill, and on Wednesday, the House approved the Senate’s changes. Sponsor Delegate Dan Helmer (D-Check) said the bill isn’t meant to target any specific process, but rather to ban processes that don’t allow legitimate voters to participate. “This is a bill that ensures that party nomination processes which are recognized by the Commonwealth are accessible to troops, students, people with disabilities, and individuals who might pose a public health threat,” Helmer said in the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee. “Specifically, it allows parties to choose any method of nomination in accordance with their...
    By BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than a month after excoriating Donald Trump in a blistering floor speech, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he would “absolutely” support the former president again if he secured the Republican nomination in 2024. The Kentucky Republican told Fox News that there's still “a lot to happen between now" and the next presidential election. “I've got at least four members that I think are planning on running for president, plus governors and others,” McConnell said. “There's no incumbent. Should be a wide open race.” But when directly asked if he would support Trump again were he to win the nomination, McConnell responded: “The nominee of the party? Absolutely.” McConnell's remarks underscore an awkward balancing act he sought to maintain since Trump lost the election, reflecting the reality that McConnell’s own path back to power in the Senate hinges on...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than a month after excoriating Donald Trump in a blistering floor speech, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he would “absolutely” support the former president again if he secured the Republican nomination in 2024. The Kentucky Republican told Fox News that there’s still “a lot to happen between now” and the next presidential election. “I’ve got at least four members that I think are planning on running for president, plus governors and others,” McConnell said. “There’s no incumbent. Should be a wide open race.” But when directly asked if he would support Trump again were he to win the nomination, McConnell responded: “The nominee of the party? Absolutely.” McConnell’s remarks underscore an awkward balancing act he sought to maintain since Trump lost the election, reflecting the reality that McConnell’s own path back to power in the Senate hinges on enthusiasm from a...
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    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday night he would 'absolutely' back former President Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential race if he was the nominee of the Republican Party.  McConnell, who Trump referred to earlier this month as an 'dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack,' was interviewed by Fox News Channel's Bret Baier, who asked the Kentucky Republican if he believed Trump would win the party's nomination in three years.  'There's no incumbent,' McConnell said. 'Should be a wide-open race and fun for you all to cover.'  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Fox News Channel Thursday night that he would 'absolutely' support former President Donald Trump if the ex-president became the GOP nominee in 2024  Former President Donald Trump, captured golfing in Florida on Thursday, called House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a 'dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack'  McConnell also pointed out that a 'lot could happen'...
    Tennis superstar, Rafael Nadal, has thanked the media for being nominated again for the prestigious Laureus Sports Awards. The World Number 2 clinched an unprecedented 13th French Open title last year, taking his career haul of Grand Slam trophies to 20. The Spaniard is level with Roger Federer for the most Grand Slam titles in the men’s game; World Number 1 Novak Djokovic trails closely at 18 championship trophies. Rafael Nadal nominated for ‘Sportsman of the Year’ alongside Lewis Hamilton and LeBron James, among others Nadal has been nominated for ‘Sportsman of the Year’ alongside British Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, and NBA stalwart LeBron James, among others. Both Nadal and Hamilton were among the nominees for the prestigious piece of honor last year as well. But the latter, who won a record seventh Formula One World Championship last year, took home the award. Argentina and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi...
    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams has withdrawn his nomination of a left-wing activist and tenant advocate to the City Planning Commission. Last month, Williams formally recommended Cea Weaver for the appointment to the agency — but in a Feb. 19 letter to Council Speaker Corey Johnson, he wrote, “I hereby ask the City Council to withdraw her name for consideration at this time.” A spokesman for Williams told The Post Thursday that it was Weaver’s request to have her name withdrawn from the nomination. Weaver, a campaign coordinator for Housing Justice for All, a statewide coalition of tenant groups, has called for rent strikes by tenants and an eviction ban due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (CNN)To seasoned Washington observers, it's been clear since last weekend that Neera Tanden's nomination to be the head of the Office of Management and Budget is almost certainly doomed.West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin's (D) announcement last Saturday that he would not support Tanden for the role set off a series of announcements -- mostly from Republicans thought to be on the fence -- that they would oppose her nomination as well.And the two Senate committees -- led by Democrats -- with oversight over Tanden's confirmation postponed planned votes this week. THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! The writing is on the wall. Big time.And yet President Joe Biden's administration continues to insist that they are standing behind Tanden and that they see a...
    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams has withdrawn his nomination of a left-wing activist and tenant advocate to the City Planning Commission. Last month, Williams formally recommended Cea Weaver for the appointment to the agency — but in a Feb. 19 letter to Council Speaker Corey Johnson, he wrote, “I hereby ask the City Council to withdraw her name for consideration at this time.” A spokesman for Williams told The Post Thursday that it was Weaver’s request to have her name withdrawn from the nomination. Weaver, a campaign coordinator for Housing Justice for All, a statewide coalition of tenant groups, has called for rent strikes by tenants and an eviction ban due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Filed under city council ,  new york city ,  urban planning ,  2/25/21
    The 2020 season was a career-defining one for Dominic Thiem. The Austrian won his maiden Grand Slam title at the 2020 US Open despite losing the opening two sets against a game Alexander Zverev. Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates with championship trophy after winning in a tie-breaker during his Men’s Singles final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany on Day Fourteen of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Last year, Thiem also achieved his career-high ranking of World No.3 after ending as the runner-up at the 2020 Australian Open. Considering his phenomenal performances over the last 12 months, Thiem has been nominated for the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award. Dominic Thiem nominated for a prestigious award Following the announcement, the tennis star uploaded an Instagram post expressing his gratitude...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There were fireworks on Capitol Hill on Thursday during the confirmation hearing of Dr. Rachel Levine, the former Pennsylvania secretary of health. Levine is transgender and has been appointed by President Joe Biden to be the assistant secretary of health. Some of the fiery questioning on Thursday centered on transgender issues. Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky criticized Levine for her support of gender-confirmation surgery and hormone therapy for minors. Now, he’s being accused of making harmful misrepresentations and looking for a fight with Levine. READ MORE: Philadelphia Students To Remain Virtual As Mediation Process Between School District, Teachers Union On Phased Reopening Nearing End “Let it go into the record that the witness refused to answer the question,” Paul said. Paul verbally attacked Levine during her Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday. Levine, if confirmed, would be the highest-ranking openly trans official in the federal government. Much...
    “The work of the next four years must be the restoration of democracy, of decency, honor, respect, the rule of law,” President Joe Biden said in response to the Capitol riot. “Politics is about solving problems, not stoking the flames of hate and chaos.” If Biden truly believes that, he should withdraw Xavier Becerra from his nomination to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. Becerra is neither a doctor nor a public health professional who is qualified to direct America’s doctors and scientists during a pandemic. Instead, Becerra is a lawyer and a politician with a long and disgraceful history of abusing the powers of high office, including as attorney general of California. His principal accomplishment during his shameful tenure is harassing and silencing pro-lifers. For example, as attorney general, Becerra brought 15 felony charges against the investigative journalists who released footage of Planned Parenthood staff discussing how...
    Senate Republicans criticized Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) nominee Xavier Becerra’s lack of medical qualifications in a Thursday press conference. A former congressman and California Attorney General, Becerra’s record on abortion, immigration, and religious liberty were immediately criticized by Republicans when then-President-elect Joe Biden announced Becerra’s nomination in December. Senate Republicans repeated those concerns Thursday, adding that Becerra has no qualifications to help lead the United States through the end of the coronavirus pandemic. SOON: Senate GOP will discuss Xavier Becerra’s nomination to be U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. https://t.co/EFfb0Cx0Im — Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) February 25, 2021 “This is not the time to put an attorney in the lead of Health and Human Services,” Republican Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford said. “He led the charge to force pro-life entities to have to put a poster on the wall advertising abortion.” “I voted already for several of...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that President Joe Biden’s administration expects Neera Tanden to meet “a high bar of civility.” “Well, first I’ll note that when Neera Tanden testified just a few weeks ago, she apologized for her past comments and that she would be joining an administration, whereas we’ve noted in here, there’s an expectation of a high bar of civility and engagement, whether that’s on social media or in person,” Psaki said. “We certainly expect she would meet that bar.” (RELATED: Tanden Says She ‘Deeply’ Regrets Twitter Insults Toward GOP In Senate Hearing) WATCH: Tanden previously likened Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to “Voldemort,” said Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins as “the worst” and criticized several more politicians in her tweets. Collins and Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said they won’t favor Tanden’s nomination. Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said he won’t favor...
    Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley says he'll decide this fall whether to run in 2022 Yellen deputy Adeyemo on track for quick confirmation Durbin: Garland likely to get confirmation vote next week MORE (R-Iowa) said Thursday he will vote against Neera TandenNeera TandenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' On The Money: Senate panels postpone Tanden meetings in negative sign | Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers Biden's picks face peril in 50-50 Senate MORE’s nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the latest Republican swing vote to come out against her. When asked if he’d support Tanden’s nomination, he simply told the Capitol press pool, “No.” “I said no and that's all I'm going to say,” he responded when pressed for a reason. Grassley’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment regarding...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's nomination of Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget may remain in limbo until at least early next week.Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, told reporters Thursday that his panel wouldn't take up the stalled nomination until after the weekend, when senators return home to their states."We're not doing it today," Peters said Thursday. "We've given our members a little more time to assess her qualifications and her nomination."Tanden's nomination has been in trouble since last week, when Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced his opposition, saying her "overtly partisan statements" against Republican senators and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during his presidential campaigns would "have a toxic and detrimental impact" on the relationship between Congress and OMB. In a 50-50 Senate, any Democratic defection needs to be replaced by a Republican vote...
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    The White House is still fighting to secure the votes needed to confirm the embattled Neera Tanden as President Biden's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, with no other alternative in sight. “We’re fighting our hearts out for Neera Tanden,” press secretary Jen Psaki said during an interview on Thursday with The View, reiterating support for Tanden, a longtime Democratic operative and president of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress. "Stay tuned, we're still working on it," she added. Democratic and Republican lawmakers have voiced concern over Tanden's past Twitter broadsides against Republicans and some Democrats and questioned her preparation for the role, potentially derailing her nomination. But the White House remains dug in. "I know her personally, and she is somebody who not only is incredibly experienced, she's got decades of experience, but she grew up as someone who was benefiting from...
    Press secretary Jen Psaki signaled Thursday the Biden White House isn't giving up yet on the fight over Neera Tanden to become the next budget director. "We're fighting our hearts out for Neera Tanden," Psaki told Sunny Hostin on "The View," the daily ABC talk show. Tanden's hopes of becoming the next head of the powerful Office of Management and Budget are in jeopardy after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., a key swing vote, announced his opposition last week due to her caustic Twitter history. UNDECIDED MURKOWSKI FINDS OUT TANDEN TWEETED MEAN THINGS ABOUT HER THROUGH A REPORTER Psaki touted Tanden's "experience" but also said she would bring a different perspective to the position given she benefited from programs she would oversee. Psaki alluded to Tanden's race -- Tanden is Indian American -- saying President Biden is "pretty proud" of the "historic nominees" for various positions in his administration. The media has also touted...
    The Senate confirmed President Biden's pick for energy secretary Jennifer Granholm in a 64-35 vote Thursday afternoon. Granholm will be the second woman to lead the Department of Energy after Hazel O'Leary served in the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1997. JENNIFER GRANHOLM: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT BIDEN'S ENERGY SECRETARY PICK Granholm, the former Democratic governor of auto industry stronghold Michigan, has focused on clean energy in recent years. Some Republican senators expressed concern that she would go along with Democrats' green agenda on Wednesday when the Senate voted 67-32 to end debate on Granholm's nomination. Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich., testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee during a hearing to examine her nomination to be Secretary of Energy, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jim Watson/Pool via AP) ((Jim Watson/Pool via AP)) Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., voted againt advancing her nomination on Wednesday. CLICK HERE TO...
    By Clare Foran, CNN (CNN) — A Senate confirmation hearing is taking place today for President Joe Biden’s pick to serve as assistant health secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, who is the former director of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. READ MORE: Vehicle Crashes Into Building, Causing Heavy Damage She would make history as the first out transgender federal official to be confirmed by the Senate. The hearing before the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee will also consider the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as U.S. surgeon general, a role Murthy held under the Obama administration. As surgeon general under President Barack Obama, Murthy helped lead the national response to the Ebola and Zika viruses and the opioid crisis, among other health challenges. If confirmed, Murthy would be poised to play a key role in the Biden administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Levine previously served as...
    Neera TandenNeera TandenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' On The Money: Senate panels postpone Tanden meetings in negative sign | Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers Biden's picks face peril in 50-50 Senate MORE's confirmation struggles are raising the question: Do mean tweets matter in the post-Trump world? They certainly are making a difference for Tanden. Her nomination as President Biden's budget chief appears to be hanging by a thread, mostly because of GOP senators angered by her sharp tone on Twitter as head of the Center for American Progress.  The White House is sticking with Tanden so far, but it does not appear she has 50 votes of support in the Senate.  And while it is mostly Republicans complaining about her tweets, they've been joined by Democratic Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He...
    (CNN)A Senate confirmation hearing will take place on Thursday for President Joe Biden's pick to serve as assistant health secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, who would make history as the first out transgender federal official to be confirmed by the Senate.The hearing before the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee will also consider the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as US surgeon general, a role Murthy held under the Obama administration. As surgeon general under President Barack Obama, Murthy helped lead the national response to the Ebola and Zika viruses and the opioid crisis, among other health challenges. If confirmed, Murthy would be poised to play a key role in the Biden administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic.Levine previously served as the Pennsylvania health secretary under Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration."Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this...
    Prominent Democrats in Washington are weaponizing identity politics to defend some of President Biden's most controversial Cabinet nominees from criticism.  Neera Tanden, Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M. and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra have all faced intense scrutiny for their policy positions and public statements, but some Democrats are suggesting that the nominees' critics are motivated by prejudice.  During Becerra's second confirmation hearing to become secretary of Health and Human Services on Wednesday, Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., suggested that Becerra was "being held to a much different standard than some of the nominees" confirmed by the Senate during President Donald Trump's administration. BIDEN CABINET NOMINEES TRAILED BY ETHICS CONCERNS  "Becerra and I, throughout our careers, have too often been the only Latinos in the room," the California senator went on to say. "Sadly Xavier and I are not unfamiliar with being held to different standards." Republicans have pointed to Becerra’s lack of experience in health care, as well...
    White House chief of staff Ron Klain made it clear on MSNBC Wednesday night that they’re not ready to pull Neera Tanden’s nomination for Office of Management and Budget director yet. Joy Reid brought up Joe Manchin’s opposition to Tanden and his vote during the Trump administration for Ric Grenell, asking if the White House is confident Tanden will be confirmed in the end. Klain said there are some Republican senators potentially open to voting for her, telling Reid, “Neera Tanden would be a superb budget director. She would be one of the most outstanding budget directors we’ve had. She knows policy, she knows how to get something done in Washington, she’s a great candidate for the job, and certainly we’re fighting our guts out to get her confirmed.” Reid asked Klain if the president would consider make Tanden acting OMB director. Klain said they can’t do that, and added...
    More On: senate White House pressed on Tanden’s teetering nomination Senate panel postpones hearing to vote on Neera Tanden’s OMB nomination Congress holds candlelight vigil for 500K Americans who died from COVID-19 AG nominee Garland cruising toward bipartisan confirmation Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday said she was surprised to learn that President Biden’s nominee for White House budget director, Neera Tanden, once attacked her as being “high” on her “own supply.” The resurfaced mean tweet against the centrist Alaska Republican could help seal Tanden’s fate as a failed nominee to lead the White House Office of Management and Budget. The White House must win at least one Republican vote in the evenly divided Senate after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WVa.) said he opposes Tanden. “Really? I didn’t know,” Murkowski told reporters on Capitol Hill when told that she had been trashed by Tanden in a 2017 tweet objecting to her...
    (CNN)Sen. Lisa Murkowski expressed concerns on Wednesday about the social media history of President Joe Biden's nominee to be budget director, the latest warning sign for the White House since the Alaska Republican could seal Neera Tanden's fate."It seems that in this world we've kind of gotten numb to derogatory tweets," Murkowski told reporters in the Capitol. "I don't think that that's a model that we want to set for anybody whether it's a nominee, whether it's a President or whether it's a senator. So I'd like us all to cool that."Asked if a recently resurfaced Tanden tweet attacking the senator could affect her vote, Murkowsi said, "I suggested to the White House that my colleagues were being very critical of the statements, and rightly so and I think some of (the tweets) were clearly over the top."Murkowski said she was trying to simply look at Tanden's "competence" in evaluating...
    Washington (CNN)The message emblazoned on the bright pink sweater Sen. Kyrsten Sinema wore presiding over the Senate this week may not have been intended specifically for the White House, but the words could still offer fair warning to the West Wing."DANGEROUS CREATURE," the Arizona Democrat's sweater blared in all-capital letters. The sartorial choice might have been laughed off if it weren't for Sinema's emerging power, along with fellow centrist Democrats such as Sen. Joe Manchin, to endanger President Joe Biden's agenda in an evenly divided Senate.Already, Sinema has said she opposes Biden's proposal to insert a minimum wage increase into a massive Covid-19 relief package that he hopes to pass by mid-March. And as Neera Tanden's nomination to lead Biden's budget office was teetering on collapse, Sinema refused to say how she would vote, prolonging the interregnum for the controversial nominee.Bidens First 100 Days Biden and Trudeau stress US-Canadian...
    Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiKoch-backed group launches ads urging lawmakers to reject COVID-19 relief bill Biden health nominee faces first Senate test White House stands behind Tanden as opposition mounts MORE (R-Alaska) said on Wednesday that she hasn't made a decision on Neera TandenNeera TandenHaaland courts moderates during tense Senate confirmation hearing On The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill MORE's nomination, leaving President BidenJoe BidenHoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Powell pushes back on GOP inflation fears MORE's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) stuck in limbo.  "I saw that they pulled her from committee today, so it looks like I've got more time to be...
    ​White House press secretary Jen Psaki ​continued to dance around questions about Neera Tanden’s nomination to run the Office of Budget and Management Wednesday as reporters asked whether she has offered to pull her name from consideration after two Senate committees postponed a confirmation vote. At the White House briefing Psaki was asked straight up if Tanden, facing bipartisan opposition, has offered to withdraw. ​”​That’s not the stage we’re in​,” Psaki responded. ​ “The ​stage we’re in is working to continue to fight for her nomination, and as you know​,​ it’s a numbers game​,​ right​?​ ​I​t’s a matter of getting one ​Republican to support her nomination​.​ ​We’re continuing to do that outreach, answer questions they have​,​ and continue to reiterate​ her ​qualifications​,” she said. ​ Tanden’s nomination teetered on collapse after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WVa) ​said he would not vote for her because of her history of making divisive comments about lawmakers on both sides of...
    By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Wednesday that he will vote for New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland to serve as interior secretary, clearing the way for her likely approval as the first Native American to head a Cabinet agency. Manchin, a moderate from West Virginia, had been publicly undecided through two days of hearings on Haaland's nomination by President Joe Biden. Manchin caused a political uproar last week by announcing plans to oppose Biden’s choice for budget director, Neera Tanden, a crucial defection that could sink her nomination in the evenly divided Senate. By contrast, Manchin said Haaland had earned his vote, despite disagreements over drilling on federal lands and the Keystone XL oil pipeline. “While we do not agree on every issue, she reaffirmed her strong commitment to bipartisanship, addressing the diverse needs...
    Joe Manchin announced Wednesday he will vote to confirm Representative Deb Haaland for secretary of the Interior Department after claiming last week he was undecided over her nomination. 'With respect to Representative Haaland and her confirmation hearing, while we do not agree on every issue, she reaffirmed her strong commitment to bipartisanship, addressing the diverse needs of our country and maintaining our nation's energy independence,' Manchin said in a statement Wednesday. 'I believe Deb Haaland will be a Secretary of the Interior for every American and will vote to confirm her,' the West Virginia centrist Democrat assured. Manchin threw Haaland's nomination into chaos last week as he revealed he was unsure if he would vote to confirm her or not to President Joe Biden's cabinet. Haaland support more green energy initiatives, and Manchin represents a state rooted in natural energy industry. If confirmed, Haaland would make history as the first...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Wednesday that he will vote for New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland to serve as interior secretary, clearing the way for her likely approval as the first Native American to head a Cabinet agency. Manchin, a moderate from West Virginia, had been publicly undecided through two days of hearings on Haaland’s nomination by President Joe Biden. Manchin caused a political uproar last week by announcing plans to oppose Biden’s choice for budget director, Neera Tanden, a crucial defection that could sink her nomination in the evenly divided Senate. By contrast, Manchin said Haaland had earned his vote, despite disagreements over drilling on federal lands and the Keystone XL oil pipeline. “While we do not agree on every issue, she reaffirmed her strong commitment to bipartisanship, addressing the diverse needs of our country and maintaining...
    Democrats are launching a "full-scale effort" to drum up the votes to confirm Neera Tanden, President Biden's pick to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget, after powerful moderates in the Senate signaled they wouldn’t offer their support.  Asked if he would whip the Tanden confirmation vote, Sen. Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said: "We're doing a kind of a full-scale effort, including the White House and others to find support." White House press secretary Jen Psaki refused to say whether Biden was considering an alternative to the embattled OMB nominee. "There is one candidate to lead the budget department. Her name is Neera Tanden," she said.  Psaki said Wednesday that both the White House and Tanden were in the "fighting" phase and were "doing outreach" to senators to find support.  "It's a numbers game, right? It's a matter of getting one Republican to support her nomination," she...
    Washington — Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said Wednesday that he would support Congresswoman Deb Haaland's nomination to be interior secretary, after announcing last week that he would not vote to confirm President Biden's pick to be director of the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden.  Manchin, a moderate Democrat, is considered one of the most important senators in evenly divided Senate, and his support all but ensures Haaland's eventual confirmation in the full Senate. "With respect to Representative Haaland and her confirmation hearing, while we do not agree on every issue, she reaffirmed her strong commitment to bipartisanship, addressing the diverse needs of our country and maintaining our nation's energy independence," he said in a statement. Manchin, the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, had said in his opening statement for Haaland's confirmation hearings before the committee earlier this week that he was undecided...
    President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Neera Tanden has criticized Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Twitter, one person who could put an end to her Senate confirmation. In a tweet from 2017, Tanden told Murkowski that she must be “high on your own supply” after Murkowski tweeted about lowering the corporate tax rate. Tanden needs one Republican to vote in favor of her confirmation, with the Senate split at 50-50, as Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced Friday that he would oppose Tanden’s confirmation. “No offense but this sounds like you’re high on your own supply. You know, we know, and everyone knows this is all garbage. Just stop,” Tanden tweeted. After being nominated, Tandedn deleted over 1,000 tweets critical of Republicans, however, she did not delete this one. No offense but this sounds like you’re high on your own supply. You...
    The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on Wednesday to consider the nomination of Xavier Becerra for the role of Health And Human Services Secretary in the Biden Administration. Becerra sat before lawmakers on Tuesday, where his experience and past stances on controversial issues were called into question by Republican senators. Conservatives have raised concerns about Becerra’s nomination given his lack of experience in the public health field. He has been serving as the U.S. Attorney General in California and previously served as a congressman. GOP SENATORS QUESTION BECERRA QUALIFICATIONS TO LEAD HHS, PAST VOTE AGAINST PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION BAN Becerra has also come under fire for his role in overseeing, and defending, California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s strict coronavirus regulations, some of which have been the subject of lawsuits. Republicans have indicated that they oppose Becerra’s nomination under the guise that California’s lockdown example could become the national norm under his...
    By Darlene Superville and Alexandra Jaffe | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The White House is standing by President Joe Biden’s choice of Neera Tanden to lead the White House budget office, even as she faced new hurdles Wednesday after two Senate committees postponed consideration of her nomination. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that Tanden and the White House had been in touch with senators and advocacy groups to answer any questions they may have on her nomination. “We’re fighting for her nomination,” she said. “She’s an expert whose qualifications are critical during this time of unprecedented crisis.” Two Senate panels slated to vote on Tanden’s nomination, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Budget Committee, both postponed business meetings scheduled for Wednesday, the latest signal of the challenges Tanden faces in her confirmation fight. Tanden’s nomination ran into trouble soon after Biden announced it, and...
    Bradley Cortright February 24, 2021 0 Comments White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says the administration will continue to fight for Neera Tanden’s nomination to be the head of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as it appears Democrats may come up short of the required votes to confirm her. During a press briefing on Wednesday, Psaki said, “There’s one nominee to lead the Budget department, her name’s Neera Tanden. And that’s who we’re continuing to fight for.” “We’re focused on fighting for the person the president has nominated,” she added.  Watch the video below: “There’s one nominee to lead the Budget department, her name’s Neera Tanden.”— WH Press Sec. Jen Psaki, standing by Bidens embattled OMB nominee pic.twitter.com/KqjjAurCqW— The Recount (@therecount) February 24, 2021 Psaki’s comments come as it appears that Tanden lacks support in the Senate to be confirmed. Two Senate committees postponed hearings where Tanden’s nomination...
    The White House isn't backing down on supporting embattled Office of Management and Budget pick Neera Tanden as her nomination is under threat of being derailed by bipartisan opposition. A White House spokeswoman says Tanden remains the only candidate that the administration is considering for the job, and she hasn't offered to withdraw her nomination as senators from both parties raise concerns about her often-harsh online comments about Republicans and Democrats, as well as the corporate donations she secured while running a liberal think tank. White House press secretary Jen Psaki tried to tamp down speculation that Tanden's deputy-designate, Sholanda Young, could step up and replace her. "That’s not the stage we’re in," Psaki told reporters Wednesday when asked whether Biden would pull Tanden's name from contention, not ruling out the possibility entirely. GOP ANSWERS BIDEN CALL FOR CUTS TO COVID-19 SPENDING BILL Tanden's confirmation was put in question last...
    Bernie Sanders announced Wednesday he is postponing a vote on confirming Neera Tanden to head Joe Biden's budget office after the White House refused to back down on her nomination following revelations of tweets attacking lawmakers. The Senate Budget Committee, which Sanders chairs, was meant to meet to further Tanden's confirmation Wednesday. The committee will now hold that vote at a later, unspecified date. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee also postponed their vote to further Tanden’s nomination.  Tanden has faced backlash for transparency and unity issues after deleting more than 1,000 tweets before her nomination, which were found to personally attack politicians on both sides of the aisle – including Sanders. Her confirmation was effectively sunk after Democratic centrist Senator Joe Manchin said last week he would vote against her over her ‘toxic’ tweets.  Senator Bernie Sanders, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, announced Wednesday he is postponing...
    MITT Romney believes Donald Trump would win the GOP nomination for 2024 "by a landslide" - but said he won't vote for him. Speaking on Wednesday the Utah Republican said: "I don't know if he'll run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I'm pretty sure he will win the nomination." 4NINTCHDBPICT000626274644Credit: Getty Images - Getty 4NINTCHDBPICT000636100199Credit: AP:Associated Press But according to Mail Online, the traditional conservative lawmaker refused to answer if he would campaign against the former president - instead replying that “he would not be voting for President Trump again.” When pressed on his prediction for Trump be picked in 2024, Romney continued: “I think he’d win the nomination if he runs. "I mean a lot can happen between now and 2024, Romney said in Washington." Romney added: “I look at the polls, and the polls show that among the names being floated as potential...
    Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said former President Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination in 2024 if he decides to run again. Romney, who voted in favor of convicting Trump in both of his impeachment trials in the Senate, said he has looked at polling and believes Trump would win the Republican Party nomination if he runs in 2024, adding that he is not sure if he will. “I expect he will continue playing a role. I don’t know if he’ll run in 2024 or not. But if he does, I’m pretty sure he will win the nomination,” Romney said in a New York Times-DealBook virtual interview. “I look at the polls,” Romney said. “And the polls show that among the names being floated as potential contenders in 2024, if you put President Trump in there among Republicans, he wins in a landslide.” Senator Mitt Romney, a Republican from...
    The Senate Homeland Security Committee postponed a second confirmation hearing for Neera Tanden, an indication that her nomination is likely to fail. Tanden, President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, had become increasingly unlikely to be confirmed after West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said that he would oppose her, citing her controversial Twitter feed that included personal insults against lawmakers. His opposition means that Tanden would need at least one Republican vote to secure confirmation, but nearly every moderate Republican has come out against her. “We are postponing the business meeting because members are asking for more time to consider the nominee,” a committee aide told Axios. “The president deserves to have a team in place that he wants, and we’re going to work with our members to figure out the best path forward.” Despite the growing Senate opposition to Tanden, the White House...
    Reuters February 24, 2021 0 Comments Two Senate committees postponed the Wednesday hearing for President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget Neera Tanden, suggesting she may not have the votes to be approved. The Senate Homeland Security Committee postponed a morning meeting where the nomination was going to be discussed. They provided no further information. The Senate Budget Committee sent a notice to members that it had postponed “the previously scheduled executive business meeting of the committee on the budget,” which noted that the panel had planned to consider Tanden’s nomination during the meeting. White House press secretary Jen Psaki indicated Biden continues to stand by Tanden’s nomination. “Neera Tanden is a leading policy expert who brings critical qualifications to the table during this time of unprecedented crisis,” she wrote on Twitter. A congressional aide with the Homeland Security committee told Reuters the meeting...
    More On: senate Congress holds candlelight vigil for 500K Americans who died from COVID-19 AG nominee Garland cruising toward bipartisan confirmation This Arizona senator is catching eyes with this hot-pink shirt David Perdue reverses course, says he won’t run in 2022 The Senate committee responsible for confirming Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget postponed a hearing to vote on President Biden’s nominee on Wednesday as members of both parties have come out in opposition due to her past comments attacking lawmakers. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee postponed the meeting as Tanden’s nomination teeters on collapse. Despite Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announcing that he would oppose the nomination in the 50-50 divided Senate, the White House continued to stand by her. Early Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki reiterated that support in a series of tweets. ​​”​Neera Tanden is a leading policy expert who...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Senate committee postponed the Wednesday hearing for President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, suggesting further challenges for Neera Tanden. The Senate Homeland Security Committee postponed a morning meeting where the nomination was going to be discussed. They provided no further information. White House press secretary Jen Psaki indicated Biden continues to stand by Tanden’s nomination. "Neera Tanden is a leading policy expert who brings critical qualifications to the table during this time of unprecedented crisis," she wrote on Twitter. (Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States
    Washington — Ambassador William Burns, President Biden's nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, is facing senators at his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, where he is likely to face questions about recent cyber espionage and the administration's approach to overseas threats. In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Burns is expected to highlight the challenges the U.S. faces from China, which he has called "the strategic competition of our age." His testimony also comes in the wake of the SolarWinds cyberattack on federal agencies and private sector companies, which the administration has blamed on Russia.How to watch William Burns' confirmation hearing What: Senate confirmation hearing for William Burns' nomination as CIA director  Date: February 24, 2021 Time: 10 a.m. ET Location: Capitol Hill Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device. Burns spent over three decades at the State Department, where he...
    Utah Sen. Mitt Romney might be the only Republican to vote to convict former President Donald Trump in both of his impeachment trials, but he still said the former commander in chief could win another presidential primary. Romney, the junior U.S. senator from Utah, said on Tuesday he's "pretty sure" Trump would win the 2024 GOP presidential primary if he ran for a third time. TRUMP 'WON'T SAY YET' WHETHER HE'LL RUN IN 2024 “Will President Trump continue to play a role in my party? I’m sure he will, he has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party," the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said. "I don’t know about his family members, whether they intend to do that. But I expect he will continue playing a role. I don’t know if he’ll run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he will...
    Washington – The nomination of Neera Tanden to run the Office of Management and Budget faces an increasingly uphill climb as two Senate committees who were set to meet Wednesday delayed votes amid growing opposition from Republican senators that further narrows her path to confirmation. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee was poised to convene for a meeting to consider Tanden's nomination to helm the budget office, but the committee sent a notice that the session has been postponed. The Senate Budget Committee also delayed a vote on Tanden's nomination, a Senate aide told CBS News.  Tanden's chances of confirmation took a significant hit last week when Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, announced his opposition to her nomination. Because the Senate is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, at least one Republican now has to vote to confirm Tanden, which would leave Vice President Kamala...
    More On: merrick garland McConnell backs Biden pick Garland for attorney general Ken Starr says Merrick Garland had ‘universal respect’ in DC Circuit Second day of Senate hearings begins for Merrick Garland Merrick Garland faces second day of questioning in confirmation hearing Judge Merrick Garland will head into next week’s confirmation vote on his nomination to be attorney general with considerable support from Republicans, despite evading key questions pertinent to conservatives’ concerns. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Garland’s nomination to lead the Justice Department on Monday, where he is expected to cruise through with the support of multiple Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has repeatedly told reporters since Garland’s Tuesday testimony that he is leaning toward voting to confirm, though he has stressed that he doesn’t “want to make a final decision.” Sen. Lindsey Graham...
    Neera Tanden's nomination to lead President Biden's White House Office of Management and Budget is in serious doubt after the two Senate committees in charge of vetting her candidacy postponed votes that would have set up a final floor vote. The Senate Homeland Security and Senate Budget committees both delayed planned Wednesday votes Tanden's nomination, congressional aides told the Washington Examiner. If cleared by the panels, the former president and CEO of the American Center for Progress would have then been considered by the full chamber. GOP WAGES UPHILL BATTLE TO TURN VOTERS AGAINST BIDEN'S VIRUS SPENDING PLAN Tanden's confirmation hit a hurdle last week when Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced he wouldn't support her. Manchin's endorsement was critical in a 50-50 seat Senate, meaning the White House needed to convince a Republican to back her instead. But as centrist senators, including Susan Collins of Maine, Rob Portman...
    The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and Budget Committees postponed planned business meetings Wednesday where they were supposed to vote on Neera Tanden, President Biden's pick to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget.  An official notice that the Tanden markup was postponed went out on the HSGAC website. A source familiar told Fox News that "Tanden's budget markup is postponed" shortly before the Budget Committee sent out its official notice.  Tanden's nomination was on shaky ground ahead of the scheduled committee votes after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and many Republicans said they would oppose her nomination last week. Now it's thrown further into doubt by the cancellation of the two committee votes.  Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden's nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), appears beofre a Senate Committee on the Budget hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021.(AP Photo/Andrew...
    Madison Summers February 24, 2021 0 Comments Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) believes if former President Donald Trump were to run in the 2024 presidential election, he would win the Republican Party’s nomination. In an interview with the New York Times’ DealBook, Romney said Trump “has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party.” “I don’t know if he’s planning to run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he will win the nomination,” Romney added. The Republican senator, who has been a vocal critic of Trump, noted “a lot can happen between now and 2024” and said he is “not great at predicting.” Noting polls of potential contenders for the 2024 presidential election, Romney said: “If you put President Trump in there among Republicans, he wins in a landslide.” Watch the video below: On Donald Trump, Senator Mitt Romney at...
    The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee postponed a planned business meeting Wednesday to vote on President Biden's nomination of Neera Tanden to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget.  Tanden's nomination was on shaky ground ahead of the scheduled committee vote after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and other Republicans said they would oppose her nomination last week.  This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. Tyler Olson covers politics for FoxNews.com. You can contact him at tyler.olson@foxnews.com and follow him on Twitter at @TylerOlson1791.
    Senator Mitt Romney said that he believes former President Donald Trump would win the Republican presidential nomination if he ran for office in 2024.  "He has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party," Romney said at a New York Times DealBook virtual event on Tuesday. "I don't know if he'll run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I'm pretty sure he will win the nomination." Romney, the GOP presidential nominee in 2012, said that "a lot can happen between now and 2024," adding that he is not "great at predicting."  However, he said he expects the former president to continue to play a big role in the Republican Party, which faces an internal identity crisis following Mr. Trump's second impeachment trial.  "I look at the polls, and the polls show that among the names being floated as potential contenders in 2024, if...
    Washington — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will vote to confirm Merrick Garland as the next attorney general, five years after refusing to act on Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court. A McConnell spokesperson confirmed to CBS News that the Kentucky Republican supports President Biden's pick to lead the Justice Department. Politico first reported his decision on Tuesday. Garland was nominated to the Supreme Court by former President Barack Obama in 2016, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. McConnell refused to consider Garland's nomination, arguing that the Senate should not fill a Supreme Court seat during an election year, and instead let the American people decide. After the GOP won the White House, the Republican-controlled Senate filled the vacant seat with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017, the first of three justices nominated to the bench by former President Donald Trump. McConnell has described his decision to block Garland's...
    (CNN)Neera Tanden's imperiled nomination to be President Joe Biden's budget director faces a major test Wednesday to see if she has enough support to win Senate confirmation amid bipartisan opposition.Two Senate committees are expected to vote on whether to advance her nomination to the floor as Tanden faces resistance from Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, a centrist from West Virginia, and a wide array of Republicans, who have said they will not back her because of her past partisan criticisms aimed at lawmakers in sharp attacks at odds with Biden's pledges of civility and unity.Congress rocked by consequential battles that will shape Bidens presidencyIf Tanden's nomination stalls out, it would be the first defeat of a high-profile Biden pick subject to Senate approval and would underscore the narrow margin of error Democrats must contend with in a Senate with a 50-50 partisan split.The embattled nominee stands a chance of winning confirmation...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's Interior Secretary nominee, Deb Haaland, will face a fresh round of questions from lawmakers on Wednesday during the second day of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.The Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico, who would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary if confirmed by the Senate, pledged to work in service of the Biden administration during the first day of the hearing on Tuesday as Republicans on the panel expressed concern over her nomination and described her views as radical.Republicans have repeatedly argued that the Biden administration is going to kill jobs through its clean energy agenda, which Haaland supports. If confirmed, Haaland would be part of Biden's plan to tackle the climate crisis and reduce carbon emissions. In her opening statement, Haaland attempted to strike a delicate balance on energy and environmental policy, saying, "There's no question that fossil energy does...
    Senator Mitt Romney said that President Donald Trump would win the GOP nomination “in a landslide” if he decided to make a run for The White House again in 2024. Romney (R – Utah) was speaking to the New York Times’ DealBook when he addressed Trump’s position in the future of the Republican Party. “He has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party,” Romney said. “I don’t know if he’s planning to run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he would win the nomination.” Romney made clear that “a lot can happen between now and 2024” but cited polls that show Trump “would win in a landslide” if he were in the race. A Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted in the days after his acquittal in the Senate trial showed that 53 percent of Republicans would vote for Trump in the...
    More On: donald trump Democrats’ cynical ‘Jan. 6’ politics: Goodwin Trump makes Tiger Woods prediction after golfer’s scary crash Trump sends well-wishes for ‘true champion’ Tiger Woods after car crash WH seeking to define Russia’s role in cyberattack Senator Mitt Romney said that President Donald Trump would win the GOP nomination “in a landslide” if he decided to make a run for The White House again in 2024. Romney (R – Utah) was speaking to the New York Times’ DealBook when he addressed Trump’s position in the future of the Republican Party. “He has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party,” Romney said. “I don’t know if he’s planning to run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he would win the nomination.” Romney made clear that “a lot can happen between now and 2024” but cited polls that...
    Senator Mitt Romney (UT-R) said that he could see former President Donald Trump securing the nomination in 2024 if he decided to run, a clear indication of his grip on the GOP. Romney was speaking with the New York Times's DealBook DC Policy Project on Tuesday when he made the assertion.  'I don't know if he'll run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I'm pretty sure he will win the nomination,' the senator stated.  The longtime Trump critic added that 'a lot can happen between now and 2024.'  Mitt Romney was speaking with the New York Times's DealBook DC Policy Project on Tuesday when he made the assertion about Trump's chances of securing the GOP nomination He continued: 'I look at the polls, and the polls show that among the names being floated as potential contenders in 2024, if you put President Trump in there among Republicans, he wins...
            by Andrew Trunsky  Senate confirmation for Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, is becoming increasingly unlikely after one Democrat and key Republicans announced that they would vote against her. Republican Sens. Susan Collins, Mitt Romney, Rob Portman and Pat Toomey all said that they would vote against Tanden’s confirmation, joining West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin who announced his opposition Sunday. Without Manchin, Tanden would fall one vote short of confirmation, assuming that every Republican votes against her. The recent announcements all cited Tanden’s Twitter feed, where she insulted Republican and Democratic lawmakers while leading the left-leaning Center for American Progress. “I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden’s public statements and tweets that were personally directed towards my colleagues on both sides of the aisle from Senator [Bernie] Sanders to Senator [Mitch] McConnell and others,” Manchin said in a press release. “I believe her overtly partisan statements...
    Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said in an interview Tuesday that if former President Trump were to run again in 2024 he would likely win the Republican nomination. "He has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party," Romney told the New York Times' DealBook. "I don’t know if he’s planning to run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he would win the nomination." Romney, one of Trump’s more vocal critics in the party, was the only GOP senator to vote to convict Trump in both of his impeachments. Trump will make his first major speech since leaving office at the conservative CPAC conference this weekend and has yet to say whether he plans to run in 2024.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Health secretary nominee Xavier Becerra told senators Tuesday that confronting the coronavirus pandemic will be his first priority if confirmed, but he also pledged to expand health insurance, rein in prescription drug costs and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in medical care. “To meet this moment, we need strong federal leadership,” Becerra said at the first of two hearings on his nomination. “I understand the enormous challenges before us and our solemn responsibility to faithfully steward this agency that touches almost every aspect of our lives.” Becerra now serves as California’s attorney general and previously represented the Los Angeles area for more than 20 years in the U.S. House. A liberal politician-lawyer, he faces opposition from many GOP senators, who question his support for abortion rights and government-run health insurance, along with his lack of a clinical background. However, in the past 25 years, only one medical...
    Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOn The Money: Neera Tanden's nomination in peril after three GOP noes | Trump rages after SCOTUS rules on financial records Tanden's path to confirmation looks increasingly untenable Asian Pacific American Caucus urges senators to confirm Tanden MORE (R-Utah) said in an interview on Tuesday that he is “pretty sure” former President TrumpDonald TrumpFauci: U.S. political divide over masks led to half a million COVID-19 deaths Georgia bishop says state GOP's elections bill is an 'attempt to suppress the Black vote' Trump closer to legal jeopardy after court ruling on tax returns MORE would win the Republican Party’s presidential primary in 2024 if he decides to run. Romney made the remarks in a discussion with The New York Times’s Andrew Ross Sorkin at the DealBook DC Policy Project, in which he said he is “sure” the former president will continue to “play a role” in...
    Senator Mitt Romney (R- UT), one of the more outspoken anti-Trump Republicans in the party right now, thinks former President Donald Trump will end up winning the GOP presidential nomination in 2024 if he runs. During a New York Times event Tuesday, Romney said Trump will likely continue to be involved in the future of the Republican party. “I don’t know if he’ll run in 2024 or not, but if he does I’m pretty sure he will win the nomination,” he said. On Donald Trump, Senator Mitt Romney at the DealBook DC Policy Project said: "I dont know if hell run in 2024 or not, but if he does Im pretty sure he will win the nomination." #DealBookDC https://t.co/Q6zOBOXHks pic.twitter.com/TK6fE9KLx2 — DealBook (@dealbook) February 24, 2021 When asked to elaborate, Romney said, “I think he’d win the nomination if he runs.” He clarified that “a lot can...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki declined to join some fellow Democrats in accusing Republicans of sexism or racism for their opposition to Neera Tanden’s nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday. Some Democrats in Congress and progressive activists have argued that Republicans are only pointing to Tanden’s past offensive statements because she is a woman. A White House reporter gave Psaki the opportunity to join in on the accusation during Monday’s press briefing, but she let the issue and stuck to the White House position that Tanden is simply qualified. (RELATED: Biden’s Response To Russia SolarWinds Hack Coming In ‘Weeks, Not Months’) “Does the administration believe there is a double standard at play here, that Republicans and perhaps some Democrats are pointing to her partisan tweets, offensive tweets, as a reason to oppose her nomination and that they have not held certain men to the...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will back Merrick Garland’s nomination to run President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice. “I do,” McConnell replied when asked by Politico whether he supports Garland for attorney general. McConnell opted against considering Garland’s 2016 nomination by then-President Barack Obama for the U.S. Supreme Court following the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia. This story is developing. Check Breitbart News for updates. 
    (CNN)The pressure is mounting for Democrats to remain united on nominees moving through the Senate, as Republicans signal a growing resistance to backing some of President Joe Biden's picks for key domestic policy posts.The nomination hearings of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to lead the Department of Health and Human Services and Rep. Deb Haaland to lead the Department of Interior came Tuesday at a moment when the fragility Democrats' narrow majority and their ability to swiftly advance Biden's Cabinet was coming into focus. Without Republican support, Democrats need all 50 of their members to back a nominee.With Neera Tanden's nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget hanging by a thread since Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat from West Virginia, announced his opposition, many Republicans believe they have more leverage than ever to potentially sink some of Biden's nominees or at the very least use the next...
    More On: health and human services Biden administration to open overflow facility for 700 migrant children HHS pick walks back Biden’s ‘nothing we can do’ on COVID-19 claim Biden says COVID will get ‘worse before it gets better,’ ‘I’m still here’: Alex Azar slams CNN for reporting resignation Nearly a dozen Senate Republicans are pushing forward with an effort to block the confirmation of California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra as President Biden’s secretary of Health and Human Services. In a letter to the 46th commander-in-chief dated Monday, the group of senators, led by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), urged the president to pick a different nominee, arguing that Becerra has “no meaningful experience in health care, public health, large-scale logistics, or any other areas critical to meeting our present challenges.” “At your inauguration, you spoke about uniting the country and the need to address the pandemic,” the lawmakers wrote, “As...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham, Trump huddle to talk GOP's 2022 strategy Officers set for grilling over mob attack Former RNC chair to Republicans looking for new Trump party: 'There's the door' MORE (R-Ky.) told Politico Tuesday he will back Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandGarland seeks to draw sharp contrast with Trump-era DOJ Garland commits to combatting systemic racism Durbin: Garland likely to get confirmation vote next week MORE’s nomination for Attorney General. Asked by the publication whether he supported Garland’s nomination, the minority leader replied “I do.” However, the outlet reported that the senator did not elaborate further on his reasoning for the decision.  McConnell blocked Garland as a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia following his death during the Obama administration, saying he would not allow consideration of a justice in an election year while the Senate and White House were held by opposite parties. Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchSupreme...
    (CNN)On Saturday, West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he would not support Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden's pick as director of the Office of Management and Budget.Four days later, Tanden's nomination appears all but doomed, as the White House continues to express confidence in her chances publicly while scouting for replacements in the event they have to pull her nomination.Welcome to Joe Manchin's Washington.  With the Senate split 50-50 and Vice President Kamala Harris in place to break ties, Democrats have operational control over the chamber.But the truth of the matter is that Manchin, the most conservative Democrat in the Senate caucus, has more power -- to direct the path of legislation and the fate of nominees -- than even Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. And with his move on the Tanden nomination, it appears as though Manchin is both willing and able to use his power...