Neera Tanden, Biden’s Nominee for Office of Management and Budget Director, Grilled by Senate Republicans for Calling Religious Opponents of HHS Birth Control Mandate ‘Extreme’

FILE PHOTO: Neera Tanden, director of the Office and Management and Budget (OMB) nominee for U.S. President Joe Biden, removes her mask during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., February 9, 2021. Ting Shen/Pool via REUTERS

President Joe Biden’s nominee to serve as the Office of Management and Budget director was grilled during a confirmation hearing Tuesday for calling opponents of the Obamacare contraceptive mandate “extreme” during a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday.

Neera Tanden, who currently heads the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, appeared before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Several lawmakers asked her about her previous tweets disparaging Republicans, many of which have since been deleted.

In addition to expressing concerns about her past comments about Republicans, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., asked Tanden to weigh in on her characterization of opponents of one of the most controversial aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, as “extreme.”

“One statement that you made about people that have … personal religious convictions about contraception, like Little Sisters of the Poor and others, (you) called them a successful ‘political cudgel helping isolate extreme … advocates from the mainstream,’” Lankford said. “Help me understand how the personal religious beliefs of some Americans could be a ‘successful political cudgel.’”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Foley

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