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Neera Tanden speaks during a Senate Budget Committee confirmation hearing on Feb. 10. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Neera Tanden was named White House staff secretary on Friday, according to a White House official. The appointment comes after her nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget was withdrawn in May after several senators voiced opposition.

Driving the news: Tanden's new role, described by the official as the "central nervous system of the White House," will put her in charge of managing a range of issues and documents for President Biden, including briefing books and decision memos.

  • Tanden, who will start in her new role on Monday, replaces Jessica Hertz, a former Obama administration attorney, who is leaving the job on Friday, Politico first reported.
  • The Washington Post first reported Tanden's move.

The big picture: Tanden will retain her title as White House senior adviser, a position she assumed after her nomination was withdrawn.

  • Tanden drew scrutiny for her social media activity during the Trump presidency, in which she frequently criticized the administration.
  • Tanden, an Indian American, will be the first woman of color to hold the position, according to the Post.
  • A longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, Tanden became president of the liberal Center for American Congress after leaving the Obama administration, Axios previously reported.

Go deeper: Former OMB nominee Neera Tanden joins White House as senior adviser

Hans Nichols contributed to this report.

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Nov 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Centrist Dems sink Biden’s nominee for top bank regulator

Saule Omarova listens during her confirmation hearing. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Five Democratic senators have told the White House they won't support Saule Omarova to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, effectively killing her nomination for the powerful bank-regulator position.

Why it matters: The defiant opposition from a broad coalition of senators reflects the real policy concerns they had with Omarova, a Cornell University law professor who's attracted controversy for her academic writings about hemming in big banks.

Updated 41 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Congressional leaders clinch support for crucial defense bill, debt limit votes

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer passes waiting reporters on Tuesday. Photo: Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Congress has found a shortcut to pass its annual defense funding bill and raise the debt limit.

Driving the news: The House voted Tuesday night on two major bills — one creating a one-time, fast-track process for the Senate to raise the debt ceiling with just 51 votes, and another passing its annual defense bill.

House passes annual defense bill

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House voted to pass the annual defense bill 363-70 on Tuesday night, authorizing nearly $770 billion in funding for defenses and national security programs.

Why it matters: The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) still has to clear the Senate, but the House passage greatly increases the chances that the must-pass defense bill will move through both chambers of Congress before the end of the year.