“Neera Tanden has neither the experience nor the temperament to run this critical agency,” said Collins (R-Maine) in a statement Monday morning. “Your previous actions have shown exactly the kind of hostility that President Biden is committed to overcoming.”
Collins added that Tanden’s decision to delete Tweets prior to being nominated “raises concerns about her commitment to transparency.”
A source close to Romney said the Utah Republican “criticized the extreme rhetoric of previous nominees” and “believes it is difficult to get back to comity and respect with a candidate who has put out a thousand mean tweets.”
However, the White House shows no signs of defeat. White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted Monday morning that Tanden was an “accomplished policy expert” and would become the first Asian-American woman to head the bureau of administration and budget.
“I look forward to the committee’s votes this week and continue to work on their confirmation,” said Psaki.
The Senate Homeland Security and Budget Committees are expected to vote on their nominations this week.
Prior to her nomination, Tanden tweeted that Collins was “the worst,” called Senate Minority Chairman Mitch McConnell “Voldemort,” and criticized Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), The chairman of the Budget Committee. In a tweet, Tanden said, “Russia did a lot more to help Bernie than the DNC’s random internal emails to help Hillary,” a reference to Sander’s 2016 presidential campaign.
During her verification hearing, Tanden apologized for her tweets, saying her approach was “radically different”.