President Biden is rescinding yet another nominee after failing to push his choice to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden through the confirmation process. Now, Biden has changed his mind to formally nominate Elizabeth Klein to be the deputy secretary of the Interior Department marking the second nominee Biden has backtracked on. Biden likely decided not to officially nominate Klein after Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said he would oppose the nomination.
Fox News reports:
A White House spokesperson told Fox News on Tuesday that Klein’s nomination was never officially submitted and that she will not be formally nominated to be the Interior Department deputy secretary. Biden’s presidential transition organization announced Klein as his pick for the post on Jan. 18.
Klein previously worked for the Interior Department under Presidents Obama and Clinton and was most recently the deputy director of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at NYU School of Law.
That center, funded largely by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, drew controversy for paying the salaries of lawyers who were then essentially farmed out to Democrat state attorney general offices to pursue climate lawsuits.
The Democrats could have pushed Klein through the confirmation process if Democrat Senator Joe Manchin sided with his party, however its unclear that Manchin would have supported the Klein’s nomination.