The Hill - March 26, 2021

President Biden is nominating Gayle Manchin, Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va.) wife, to be co-chair of a federal commission that works with states to strengthen the economy in the Appalachian region, the White House announced Friday.

If confirmed by the Senate, Gayle Manchin will co-chair the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development partnership agency established in 1965 through which the federal government works with 13 states and 420 counties across the Appalachian region to help invest in communities and spur job creation.

Manchin, one of the more conservative Democrats in the Senate, has major influence over Biden’s agenda in a 50-50 Senate where Democrats have the slightest of edges over Republicans only with Vice President Harris casting tie-breaking votes. 

Manchin’s opposition to Biden’s first nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Neera Tanden, for instance, ultimately led Tanden to withdraw from consideration as the White House came to the realization they would not have the votes to confirm her. ...
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