Manchin Will Vote to Confirm Rep. Haaland for Interior Sec. as Neera Tanden’s Bid for OMB in Peril

HeadlineFeb 25, 2021

On Capitol Hill, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said Wednesday he will vote to confirm interior secretary nominee Deb Haaland. The move by the pro-fossil fuels Democrat could help Haaland overcome overwhelming Republican opposition to her confirmation as the first-ever Native American cabinet member.

Another Biden nominee — Neera Tanden — appears unlikely to be confirmed to lead the Office of Management and Budget, after Senator Manchin and several key Republicans said they would vote against her. Democratic leaders of three Senate committees have delayed votes on Tanden’s confirmation, without announcing plans to reschedule them.

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