After failed Office of Management and Budget nominee Neera Tanden was rejected by the U.S. Senate due to her vile personal attacks in multiple tweets, Biden has planted her in a new cushy White House gig — staff secretary and senior advisor, which pays around $100,000.
Tanden’s selection as staff secretary was first reported by The Washington Post. In addition to her new duties, Tanden will keep her senior adviser title “and will continue to provide leadership on particular projects and initiatives,” the White House official said. She will report to White House chief of staff Ron Klain.
Biden initially tapped Tanden, who previously was president of the powerful liberal think tank Center for American Progress, to serve as his White House budget chief last November. But Senate Republicans quickly lined up against Tanden’s nomination, citing her history of combative tweets targeting GOP politicians and policies.
Tanden, a close ally of Hillary Clinton, also encountered opposition from some members of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing due to her critical comments about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chair of the Senate committee charged with overseeing her confirmation.
Ultimately, after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced he would not back Tanden for the role of OMB director, she withdrew her nomination, cementing Biden’s first defeat in the battle to confirm his Cabinet picks.
Tanden had been appointed in May as senior adviser to Biden following her derailed Senate confirmation.