(FiveNation.com)- Joe Biden is starting to build out his economic team, and it’s full of some pretty progressive people.
The president-elect has plans to nominate the president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden, as his White House budget director, a CBS News report says. The Center is a liberal thinktank.
While Biden and his aides wouldn’t comment on the situation, CBS News is reporting that he’s expected to make the announcement sometime this week. At that press conference, Biden is also expected to formally announce Janet Yellen as his nomination for treasury secretary.
He also has plans to name Cecilia Rouse as the chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.
If she were to be confirmed by the Senate, Tanden, who is 50 years old, would become the first woman of color to serve in that role. She’d also be the first South Asian American head of the Office of Management and Budget. But her confirmation process is expected to be a tough one in the Senate.
There are a number of reasons for that. One of the main ones is that she has criticized Republicans in the recent past on social media and on TV appearances. She’s also been very partisan, and her role is not one that can survive working that way.
Tanden has also been head of one of the most well-known liberal thinktanks in Washington. That is sure to not sit too well with Republicans in the Senate.
Drew Brandewie, who serves as a spokesman for Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn, tweeted Sunday night:
“Neera Tanden, who has an endless stream of disparaging comments about the Republican Senators’ whose votes she’ll need, stands zero chance of being confirmed.”
During the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justice Amy Coney Barrett, Tanden said the nomination was turning the court into “an arm of the Republican agenda.” She also said “Mitch McConnell has broken the Senate, he has broken the Supreme Court, and in conjunction with president Donald Trump, he has broken our democracy.”
In other tweets, she went off on Republicans for how the government has handled the response to COVID-19. Some of those include:
“The truly enraging thing here is that the GOP could have made Trump deal with this virus like an actual leader starting 7 months ago, and they just never did. And now it’s basically infecting them.”
“It’s amazing how with their Covid recklessness, the GOP is attacking their own past supporters: first telling seniors they’re expendable, now telling parents their children are expendable.”
“You cannot wait for Republicans to do the right thing.”
None of this sounds like an unbiased person who’s supposed to lead our country’s economy fairly. And it’s a main reason why so many Republicans are already saying her nomination is a non-starter.
Josh Holmes, who once served as McConnell’s chief of staff, wrote:
“And there’s the sacrifice to the confirmation gods.”
Good luck, Tanden. You should be in for a good fight.