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Neera Tanden testifying before the Senate Budget Committee in Washington, D.C., in February 2021. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Neera Tanden withdrew her name from nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget after several senators voiced opposition and concern about her qualifications and past combative tweets, President Biden announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: Tanden’s decision to pull her nomination marks Biden's first setback in filling out his Cabinet with a thin Democratic majority in the Senate.

What they're saying: "I have accepted Neera Tanden’s request to withdraw her name from nomination for Director of the Office of Management and Budget," Biden said in a statement.

  • "I have the utmost respect for her record of accomplishment, her experience and her counsel," he added.

Tanden, in a letter to Biden, said "it now seems clear that there is no path forward to gain confirmation, and I do not want continued consideration of my nomination to be a distraction from your other priorities."

Context: The Senate Homeland Security Committee last week postponed a confirmation hearing with Tanden because members were asking for "more time to consider the nominee."

  • Senators from both parties criticized her combative tweets against Republican members of Congress, noting they undercut Biden's campaign promise to seek unity and bipartisanship.
  • In February, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) said he would not vote to confirm her, and three Republicans who could potentially replace Manchin's vote — Susan Collins (R-Maine), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) — also said they would vote no.

Of note: Biden said he looks "forward to having [Tanden] serve in a role in my Administration. She will bring valuable perspective and insight to our work."

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Why it matters: Trump asked the Supreme Court to step in and block the release of the documents last month after a panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously denied his attempt to prevent the committee from obtaining the materials.

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Senate Republicans blocked Democrats' voting rights legislation from coming to a final vote on Wednesday in what was largely viewed as a doomed effort from the start.

Why it matters: The failed vote underscores the Democratic Party's current uphill battle to pass sweeping legislation in a 50-50 Senate.

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President Biden addressed the brewing conflict between Russia and Ukraine during a press briefing Wednesday, saying of Russian President Vladimir Putin, "my guess is he will move in."

Why it matters: U.S. officials have issued a series of warnings about Russia's threatening military buildup on the border with Ukraine, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying in Kyiv earlier Wednesday that Russia could invade "on very short notice."