President Joe Biden’s schedule for his first 100 days cannot be criticized for its lack of ambition. But while key elements of its policy priorities, from raising the national minimum wage to wage discrimination against workers with disabilities, have fallen victim to systematic obstruction, stakeholders of the Equality Act – the one of its main legislative goals – have become increasingly frustrated with the White House’s decision. commitment to a white spot that never made it to her long list of commitments to voters during the campaign: the confirmation of Neera Tanden as director of the Bureau of Management and Budget.
For both intellectual and worldly reasons, Tanden’s nomination to the post hung by a thread, pinched in the ambivalent fingers of Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) after nearly all moderate Republicans in the Senate, as well. that Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), said they would not vote to confirm it. On Tuesday, Tanden announced that she was withdrawing her appointment, despite a promise from White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain that the administration was “fighting” for Tanden’s confirmation, regardless of the odds.
Outside the administration, however, advocates of more popular priorities – and, arguably, more important ones – fear their agenda items have been left to flex under the weight of now-thwarted efforts to bring about Tanden to cross the finish line.
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