In a statement reported by Politico Playbook, Collins said: “The Director of OMB is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the federal budget and plays a significant role in any Administration’s fiscal and regulatory agenda.
“Congress has to be able to trust the OMB director to make countless decisions in an impartial manner, carrying out the letter of the law and congressional intent.
“Neera Tanden has neither the experience nor the temperament to lead this critical agency. Her past actions have demonstrated exactly the kind of animosity that President Biden has pledged to transcend.”
Her statement concluded: “The OMB needs steady, experienced, responsive leadership. I will vote against confirming Ms. Tanden.”
Republicans have spoken in opposition to Tanden over tweets she previously sent taking aim at lawmakers.
The Democrats hold a majority in the Senate but this is razor-thin, with the upper chamber split 50-50. Democrats have a majority thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris, who holds the decisive vote in any tiebreak situations.
After Manchin’s announcement of opposing Tanden, Democrats need at least one Republican to go the other way to cancel this out. Collins was one of those potential Republican votes.
Newsweek has contacted Collins and the White House for comment.
This is a developing story and will be updated.