“I am working with President Biden to find the extra votes so she can be passed,” he told reporters during a news conference in New York, mentioning Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who said last week he would not vote for Tanden. “I think she would be a very good OMB leader,” Schumer added.
Biden has said he does not intend to pull Tanden’s nomination and that he believes they will find the votes to get her confirmed.
She has met with 35 senators on both sides of the aisle so far, a source involved with the confirmation process told CNN on Saturday. “That outreach, which began moments after she was named, is continuing into next week,” the source said. She is expected to continue her outreach to lawmakers this week.
Schumer holds a narrow majority in a 50-50 Senate and Vice President Kamala Harris can cast tie-breaking votes in the chamber, but without Manchin’s support, Democrats won’t have the votes on their own.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Friday that Tanden is “an accomplished policy expert who would be an excellent Budget Director and we look forward to the committee votes next week and to continuing to work toward her confirmation through engagement with both parties.”
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