Indian-American Neera Tanden's Confirmation Vote To Lead US Budget Department Gets Delayed, White House Says Fighting For Her Nomination

Indian-American Neera Tanden's Confirmation Vote To Lead US Budget Department Gets Delayed, White House Says Fighting For Her Nomination

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If confirmed by the Senate, Neera Tanden would be the first person of colour to head the federal agency

The White House has said it is "fighting" for the nomination of Indian-American Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget as two crucial Senate committees abruptly postponed meetings on her confirmation.

Speculation was rife on Wednesday that the White House is struggling to get the required votes for the confirmation of Ms Tanden, amidst strong opposition from the Republicans and a few Democratic senators over her past Twitter outbursts against several lawmakers, including those from her own party.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Senate Budget Committee abruptly postponed votes on Ms Tanden's confirmation, scheduled for Wednesday.

"We're fighting for the nomination, and she (Tanden) and our team remain in close contact with senators and key constituency groups. She is an expert whose qualifications are critical during this time of an unprecedented crisis," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference.

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