As Neera Tanden, President Biden’s nominee to take over as the director of the Office of Management and Budget, sat Wednesday for her confirmation hearing, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, read aloud some reviews her former employees at the Center for American Progress left on Glassdoor over the last few years.
Graham noted that Tanden, the president of CAP, referred the committee to the reviews, some of which were far from flattering about the management at the public policy organization, even when the overall experience was considered positive (“Great experience, terrible management,” one read.) “All I can say,” Graham said after going through some of the negative comments, “is that this is not the unifying pick that I was looking for in this position.”
CONFIRMATION HEARING: Sen. Lindsey Graham reads negative Glassdoor reviews of Center for American Progress under Neera Tanden after she referred committee to them: “‘1 out of 5 stars. Terrible absolutely horrible.’” pic.twitter.com/u6hKaZWg0W
— Forbes (@Forbes) February 10, 2021
Republicans like Graham weren’t the only ones to raise concerns about Tanden. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the chair of the committee, joined some GOP colleagues in questioning Tanden about some inflammatory comments she previously made on Twitter. “Your attacks were not just made against Republicans,” he said. “There were vicious attacks made against progressives. People I have worked with.”
Sanders acknowledged lawmakers are used to such criticism, but he clarified that “it’s important” to refrain from personal attacks and instead express “differences on policy.” Tanden told Sanders she regrets her past remarks and will change her approach if confirmed.
.@SenSanders says it’s important to “minimize the level of personal and vicious attacks.” Asks Neera Tanden if she’ll have a different approach at OMB.@neeratanden: “Absolutely…social media does lead to too many personal comments and my approach will be radically different.” pic.twitter.com/QB6FAtrWQr
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 10, 2021
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