CAPAC Chair Chu Statement on Neera Tanden’s Decision to Withdraw Nomination

Mar 2, 2021

Washington, D.C. — Today, Neera Tanden, President Biden’s nominee to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, announced that she would be withdrawing her candidacy for the position. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), who had pushed for Asian American representation in President Biden’s Cabinet and supported Tanden’s nomination, issued the following statement:

“Neera Tanden is a qualified leader with years of experience, including in the executive branch, and I know she would have served President Biden ably as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. She also would have been one of the highest profile Asian Americans in the federal government, an example of President Biden’s commitment to diversity. It is a tragedy that her nomination has been withdrawn, leaving just one AAPI in the cabinet. I believe that Neera deserved to be confirmed on the merits of her work and the President’s faith in her.

“We expect the highest levels of professionalism and civility from our leaders in government, which is precisely what Neera displayed in taking responsibility for her past comments and committing to a change in tone.  I’m disappointed that such a qualified candidate was subject to such a negative double standard.

“As President Biden considers nominees to replace her and to fill the rest of the Executive Branch, I hope that he continues to elevate qualified AAPI leaders like Neera Tanden who will help increase the diversity of experience and thought in the government, and ensure our government looks more like our country.”