Biden’s chief of staff at center of controversy over White House budget pick
The rocky rollout of Tanden’s nomination is partly the result of the White House misjudging how harshly Republicans and at least one Democrat would judge her record, as well as some problems in failing to consult lawmakers ahead of the nomination. Tanden’s challenges getting confirmed also underscore the potential risks for the president’s chief of staff, who must maintain Biden’s confidence across a range of personnel and policy decisions.
Tanden is broadly popular among senior White House officials, who cite her life experience and long record in key policymaking positions, and has been repeatedly strongly backed by the president himself. The vast majority of Congressional Democrats have also supported Tanden. Klain declined to comment.
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