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Sen. Manchin to back Haaland for interior secretary; White House stands by Tanden for OMB

President Biden walks in the White House complex after participating in a virtual meeting with Black essential workers in Washington on Tuesday. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) said Wednesday that he will vote to confirm Deb Haaland as interior secretary, citing the New Mexico congresswoman’s “bipartisan accomplishments and sincere willingness to work collaboratively on important issues.”

The announcement gives a boost to one of President Biden’s Cabinet nominees as they continue to face scrutiny at their confirmation hearings in the closely-divided Senate. Votes in two committees on the imperiled nomination of Neera Tanden, Biden’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, have been delayed; the White House continued to maintain its support for Tanden.

Biden met at the White House with a bipartisan group of lawmakers before signing an executive order calling for a 100-day government review of potential vulnerabilities in U.S. supply chains for critical items, including computer chips, medical gear and electric-vehicle batteries.

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