She said she spoke to Milley 'to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike'.
"Should Congress need to review documents or actions taken by OMB, we must have confidence that the Director will be forthcoming", said Collins, who to this point had backed all of Biden's Cabinet nominations. And the policy clashes clouding the confirmation hopes of candidates such as Haaland and Tanden are quite predictable, since they mirror the chasms between the parties.
A moderate Democratic senator from West Virginia is suddenly one of the most powerful people in Washington. They are two of the most high profile Indian-American nominations made by President Biden, now under scrutiny by the US Senate. Tanden really can't afford to lose another Democratic vote.
While Biden spent much of the 2020 Democratic primary and general election campaigns being hounded by progressives for not embracing far-left positions on everything from criminal justice to health care, his first month in office has won praise from some of his most prominent former antagonists on the left like Vermont Independent Sen.
Earlier Monday, Ms. Collins, a moderate from ME who was among a handful of Republicans who were seen as possibly supporting the nomination, cited Ms. Tanden's past statements on social media in explaining her decision.
"It seems that in this world we've kind of gotten numb to derogatory tweets", Murkowski told reporters in the Capitol.
"Based on our president's distinguished record and leadership on nuclear arms control, for our country's nuclear forces, we're recommending that he continue his thoughtful and professional analysis of ways for additional checks and balances within the nuclear command-and-control structure".
Like the Democrats, I was very excited for Tanden's nomination and the radical left-wing agenda she would have been able to advance through the OMB.
But Tanden seemingly can't escape her old words. John Kennedy, R-La., said Wednesday.
Tanden's nomination ran into trouble soon after Biden announced it, and her confirmation was thrown into doubt over the last week after Democratic Sen.
And the administration pushed back against the idea that there hasn't been extensive lobbying on her part. She's a partisan activist who's gone after senators of the majority party. Overall, the administration has engaged in outreach to 28 targeted Senate offices on Tanden's nomination since Friday.
According to Senate aides on both sides of the aisle, the light touch from the White House on such a controversial nominee had lawmakers wondering why the administration put Tanden forward to begin with. The final House version will likely undergo changes in the Senate, which will determine whether an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour will be included, among other things. The political realities of a red-leaning state like West Virginia, or a purple state like Arizona, are in fact what guide the senators' staunch centrism, says former Manchin chief of staff Chris Kofinis.
Psaki touted Tanden's "experience" but also said she would bring a different perspective to the position given she benefited from programs she would oversee. This week, IMPACT is drafting a letter to be sent to the leaders of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Budget committees touting the possibility of Tanden serving as the first woman of color and first South Asian American budget chief.
A USA military aide, left, carries the "President's emergency satchel", also know as "the football", with the nuclear launch codes, as President Donald Trump walks to board Marine One, Jan. 12, 2021.