“So before I vote on your nomination,” Sanders (I-Vt.) said, “It is important for me and members of this committee to know that those donations that you have secured at CAP will not influence your decision making at the OMB.”
Tanden vowed that corporate donations her organization has received “will have zero impact on my decision-making” if she is confirmed as OMB director.
The Budget Committee chair also laid into the nominee for her prolific history of public criticism of political leaders from both sides of the aisle — the same rebuke Tanden received during her first confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
“Your attacks were not just made against Republicans,” Sanders told Tanden. “There were vicious attacks against progressives, people who I have worked with — me personally.”
Tanden again expressed regret for her harsh words. “I feel badly about that,” she said. “My approach will be radically different.”
Sanders pointed to a letter Republicans on the House Budget Committee sent urging Senate leaders to reject the nomination and raising questions about Tanden’s tweets, as well as noting broader allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation during her time at the helm of the CAP.
Republicans have also raised concern that Tanden’s past criticism of lawmakers could impede her ability to work with Congress on major policy and funding issues that require bipartisan support to clear both chambers.
Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) noted Tuesday that Tanden “wrote that Susan Collins is the worst, that Tom Cotton is a fraud, that vampires have more heart than Ted Cruz” and called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell “Moscow Mitch and Voldemort.”