President Biden abandoned its push to implement Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget amid bipartisan Senate opposition, withdrawing her nomination Monday evening and marking her the first casualty of a failed confirmation to become one of his cabinet picks.
President Biden’s nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden is suffering a major blowback Monday in dooming her chances to be confirmed as three moderate Republicans and one Democrat have all said in recent days that they will not vote on supporting her nomination.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocked two separate attempts from Democratic senators to set up a stand-alone vote on a bill recently passed in the House that would increase direct payments offered under the $900 billion COVID relief bill from $600 to $2,000, rebuffing President Trump request with more Senate Republicans voicing support behind providing most Americans the larger checks.
The House on Monday passed legislation tripling the size of the direct payments offered under the $900 billion COVID relief bill from $600 to $2,000 after President Trump voiced his desire for the increase, sending the bill to the GOP-controlled Senate with its fate remaining uncertain.
President Trump on Tuesday evening expressed disapproval on the massive $2.3 trillion combined COVID relief and government spending bill Congress just passed, blasting the “wasteful spending” package as a “disgrace,” while issuing a pre-Christmas demand for Congress to amend the bill that will include an increase of the $600 direct payment to individuals to $2000.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tries to distance himself from the idea of abolishing or defunding police departments, claiming that “nobody I know who’s running” ever talked about it during the election, apparently forgetting that members of ‘The Squad’ he adores have vocally expressed support for this movement into becoming a reality.