Neera Tanden Joins Team Biden at the White House After Failed Nomination to His Cabinet

Neera Tanden, nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), testifies during a Senate Committee on the Budget hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 10, 2021. (Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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President Joe Biden has appointed Neera Tanden as a senior advisor, the White House confirmed Friday.

She will be brought in Monday as a senior advisor, Politico reported.

Tanden, who has a long history of activism and vitriol on social media, failed to earn Senate confirmation for a cabinet position after a bipartisan group of senators opposed her confirmation.

The White House withdrew Tanden’s nomination to the Office of Management and Budget in March but had left open the idea of bringing her into the White House.

Tanden is a long-time Clinton loyalist who even disparaged Biden in 2015 as a “mess” when it looked like he might challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democrat nomination. She also repeatedly smeared Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as he competed with Clinton in the 2016 Democrat  primary.

She also ran the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, funded by foreign interests and corporate donors including Wall Street firms and Silicon Valley companies like Facebook.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki frequently praised Tanden during the failed confirmation process for having “experience at the highest levels of government” and a person who “understands firsthand the power of policy.”

Biden’s decision to hire Tanden was praised by former Clinton campaign chief John Podesta in a statement to Politico.

“Neera’s intellect, tenacity, and political savvy will be an asset to the Biden administration as she assumes a new role as Senior Advisor to the President,” Podesta said. “I am exceptionally thrilled to see her step into a new position serving this White House and the American people.”

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