March 02, 2021

Smith Statement on Withdrawal of Tanden Nomination for OMB Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Budget Committee Republican Leader Jason Smith (MO-08) issued the following statement after the White House announced the withdrawal of Neera Tanden as President Biden’s nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). On February 9, Smith sent a letter to the U.S. Senate, signed by Republicans on the House Budget Committee, citing concerns with Tanden’s nomination.

“In this case, the Biden Administration has acted sensibly if not slowly in realizing that Neera Tanden was not the appropriate choice for OMB Director. Republicans on the House Budget Committee raised serious concerns nearly a month ago about how it would be irresponsible to put someone with Tanden’s record at the top of an Executive Branch office that wields such tremendous power and influence. Given that OMB serves as such an indispensable bridge between the Congress and the White House, hopefully President Biden will use this opportunity to put forward a nominee that has demonstrated the appropriate leadership and judgement to lead that agency and do so in a manner consistent with the President’s call for unity.”