WASHINGTON (AP) — The nomination of Neera Tanden to guide the White House Office of Management and Budget was thrown doubtful Friday as Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia turned the primary Democratic lawmaker to oppose her affirmation.During her affirmation hearings, Tanden apologized for spending years attacking high Republicans on social media. She is a former adviser to Hillary Clinton and served as president of the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress. With the Senate evenly divided between 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats, she’ll seemingly want help from not less than one Republican to win affirmation.“I imagine her overtly partisan statements could have a poisonous and detrimental influence on the necessary working relationship between members of Congress and the following director of the Office of Management and Budget,” Manchin mentioned in an announcement. He went on to say that, at a time of grave disaster, “it’s extra necessary than ever that we chart a brand new bipartisan course that helps tackle the numerous critical challenges dealing with our nation.”It’s the primary actual check that Biden has confronted on a nomination, with most of his picks for Cabinet positions crusing by means of the chamber with bipartisan help. Tanden had additionally disparaged some Democrats on social media, most notably Sen. Bernie Sanders, the unbiased from Vermont. Biden, requested Friday whether or not he would pull Tanden’s nomination, mentioned he wouldn’t.“I feel we’re going to discover the votes and get her confirmed,” Biden mentioned.Moments earlier, the White House had issued an announcement defending her.“Neera Tanden is an completed coverage knowledgeable who can be a wonderful Budget Director and we sit up for the committee votes subsequent week and to persevering with to work towards her affirmation by means of engagement with each events,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned.Tanden can be the primary girl of shade to guide the OMB, which leads efforts to make sure an administration’s priorities are mirrored in laws and laws. The Senate Budget Committee is scheduled to vote on her nomination subsequent week.